Spindles #4: The agony of de feet.

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Blog entry by Lisa Chan posted 03-05-2010 05:58 PM 2104 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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... and the back. And the throat!

I flew through minor throat surgery with flying colors. It kept me out of the shop for 5 days. In that time, I managed to work up a pretty decent backlog of orders. (I create and sell custom tools for hand spinning yarn.)

Catching up has been a mixed bag. I’m feeling a little off my sculpting game. So my first spindle, while functional and to the order of my client, just didn’t please me. The weight was too much, the Cherry bruised, the bead was off…

BTW, Cherry can bruise when scraped. It left dark areas in my detailed work when it soaked up polishing oil. It’s not something they tell you at the check out counter when you’re buying the stuff. You find out when you’re finished with a project and it has welts all over it and you are frustrated and banging your head against a wall because there went 3 hours of your life. Too bad, so sad.

Next Cherry wood turning, I made sure that my skew tool was nice and sharp. I avoided scraping. Yet, I still experienced some bruising, but I anticipated it and made sure I could sand a bit and it was minimal.

I liked my second Cherry spindle design and shape a lot more than the first, so I am going to go back to the client and offer them a choice between the two.

Also… I learned that I need to pick up a floor pad to stand on. 4 hours at the lathe (with breaks) is OK. 6 hours wrecked my back. And, I wish my stand was 3 inches taller.

Also… I bought an inexpensive Skil bandsaw as a get-well gift for myself. I’d like to set it up this weekend. I wish I had a drill press too. Drill press for me? Anyone?

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 06:24 PM

glad you made it through the throat surgery .

lot’s of holes in my prayers for you (LOL) !

lot’s of stuff they don’t tell you ,
makes me wonder if they even know ?

maybe they want someone to dive in first ,
and check the waters for them .

happy band saw !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 06:24 PM


-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 06:25 PM

Hey, I was wondering where you went. Good to hear that your surgery went through well.

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 06:27 PM

Sears has a Craftsman 10 Inch Drill Press with a laser for only like $130.00.

Craftsman 10

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 06:28 PM

I know! I should have been cruising the Internet and blowing up the forums on Lumberjocks while I was recovering!

Instead I was being kind of miserable and playing Mario Galaxy on the Wii. I didn’t feel fit for human consumption. =] I feel pretty good now. Stuff hurts in the morning, but once I get some warm tea down my throat I’m good for a few hours. Only gets better from here.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 07:54 PM

Good to hear surgery went well.

Loved hearing your story, it made me chuckle on reading about the bruised cherry – always learning.

Hope you have a speedy recovery!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 09:21 PM

Hi Lisa,
Good to have you back… Glad to hear your surgery went well… Looking forward to seeing more of your unique turnings…
I’m still a rookie on the lathe, but am slowly getting better… I use it as practice time while waiting for other projects are in the glue up stages…
Hope you find a great deal on the drill press, best of luck to you,

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 10:18 AM

I want so bad to start turning & have enough tools to get going too. The wood I have is some gig leaf maple & some cherry. Both cut down about 2 months ago in logs still, about 2’ to 4’ long & the cherry is 6~8” maple is 10 ~ 30” diameter. Still trying to figure out if I should slab or let it cure for turnings. Would be happy to give you some of each as I will others here in town but it’s green. I know that to make boards It should be cut right away & then carefully stickered & stacked for about a, well long time. So do you know if it can be turned right away or does it need to season & dry for eternity like board stock?
Glad to hear you are feeling better, your spindles are always very fine so even what you may think way not be your best would be a triumph for most! So why don’t we post our ? bad stuff too? Ha Ha I have plenty that others seem to like so I give it away as it was 3hrs of learning for me & a gift of love for another!

-- $tudie

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 05:35 PM

Studie – You can turn stuff green, but it can and probably will change shape some.

Also, I noticed that green stuff tends to bow and flex on the lathe WAY too much for the fine narrow shafts that I make. If there is any vibration between the blade and the lathe… there’s trouble on the wood in the form of pits and spirals. It’s not a big deal if I plan to do a lot of sanding.

Green is just different, not bad.’


Thanks everybody for the well wishes!

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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