A big mistake on the Lathe

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Blog entry by Rustic posted 05-10-2015 12:14 AM 3247 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The following is a safety warning to all turners out there. Make sure to check the wood over carefully before turning. I thought I did that but this happened:

It was a piece of cherry that had a knot on the side of it that I did not see before starting to turn. I roughed it to round at a low speed, then turned up the speed, before I could get my tool in hand the piece blew up and the smaller piece hit me inn the chest at about 900 rpms.

Lesson learned, inspect all pieces before turning

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 12:28 AM

Ouch! Thanks for sharing.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 12:44 AM

Wow, good thing you weren’t hurt … Thanks for the heads up.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 12:52 AM

You were real lucky, Rick. I don’t think epoxy would have kept that together!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 01:38 AM

I’ll bet your sore tonight

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 02:24 AM

This actually happened last week. It just knocked the wind out of me.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 05-10-2015 12:45 PM

Glad your ok. Some lessons are worth a bruise or two if your still in one piece!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#7 posted 05-10-2015 12:49 PM

I’m glad that you’re ok. You were very fortunate not to be seriously injured.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 05-10-2015 09:28 PM

Yikes. Bet that hurt like hell for a little while!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 05-10-2015 09:29 PM

Sure did

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 05-10-2015 11:12 PM

Sheesh! Glad you’re alright. You’ll just have to make a smaller bowl, and maybe more of them. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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