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Tool thoughts #45: sometimes you just have to walk away...

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Blog entry by NedB posted 381 days ago 932 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 44: Back in the shop (soon) Part 45 of Tool thoughts series Part 46: New Tool in the shop! »

after getting the shop in relative order, I decided to try my hand at turning and carving some spoons as a ‘getting back into the swing of things’ project after the winter.

yeah….right…

I cut several spoonish shapes out of some poplar, figuring, hey it’s a soft-er hardwood, easy to carve, right? suuure. I dig out my spoon plane, and my hook blade and proceed to go through all of the blanks in short order, saving just one of them, which wound up as a spatula instead of a spoon.

oh, and I discovered that my spoon plane blade is indeed sharp… note to self, get a chain mail glove… asap, this will help keep the bright red stuff off of the product.

then I grab a piece of ‘dunno’ wood, which was a bit thicker than the poplar, and instead of cutting the shape, then carving the bowl out, I scooped out the bowl, Then cut the rough handle etc… intending on turning the handle down to round on the lathe. can’t manage to do that, the handle looks like an angry drunk beaver with halitosis attacked it, and then just as I try and get it smoothed out I hear a squeak, then a snap and the ‘bowl’ end of the spoon just disappears.

mutter, mutter, curse….

ok, grab a hunk of maple and start cutting out a pair of spoon blanks on the bandsaw… evidently symmetry is not something I can manage on the bandsaw tonight either.

I turned out the lights, locked up the shop and came in to dinner.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 381 days ago

Yep, Poplar is deceivingly harder than it looks… I love it… you can Finish it to look any way you like it!

Good luck…

Gotta go… Later…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 380 days ago

Well, I hope you had a good dinner and a good night’s sleep… and a good day…

... all ready to tackle it again…

Visualize the process in your mind… dry run too, if can do it… Then, go for real with power. LOL

Take care & don’t get rushed…

Be SAFE…

Later…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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