Sometimes I Hate Woodworking...

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Project by Tooch posted 03-09-2015 10:25 PM 1981 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I started getting into the lathe recently, and took a stab at turning a Bottle opener handle. Although I wouldn’t consider myself “Advanced” by any means on the aggrevated apparatus known as a lathe, I really liked how the handle turned out, especially the finish.

Then came the true bane of my existence, hardware. I never like installing hardware, and the evidence in right there in pictures 4 & 5. Despite pre-drilling with the recommended size drill bit (1/2”) and lubing up the threaded insert (also as recommended) I wasn’t even half-way done when I heard the heart-breaking sound of Walnut cracking. Ugh.

Like the title says… Sometimes I really hate Woodworking.

Thanks for looking. As always, comments welcome.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 10:36 PM

I have a good idea how you felt when you heard that ” Cracking ” sound Tooch! Maybe you could back out the insert, glue up the crack, drill the hole a few mills larger and give it another go? It’s a good looking Tool!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 11:00 PM

Bummer. It IS nice looking, maybe you can just keep it “crack side down” on the bar top :-)

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

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 11:06 PM

Excellent advice from Tony. You’ll have a hard time even finding the crack since it follows the grain. If we knew all the mistakes and fixes in the things around us it would astound us.

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 11:44 PM

Been there done that. The other option is do as Tony said to fix the crack then leave the nut out and just epoxy the piece in. That is the way the WC ones work and I have done the same for these ones as I do not see a whole lot of need to be constantly washing a bottle opener.

Nice handle design.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 03-10-2015 02:15 AM

That looks really good. Im a huge fan of drilling a bit bigger hole and then apply my old buddy, EPOXY, never lets me down. LOL Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 03-10-2015 02:22 AM

I put a hose clamp around the wood then screwed the insert in. After that I drilled hole a little bit bigger than recommended and still used the hose clamp. gluing it up just moves the crack elsewhere.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 03-10-2015 08:00 AM

thanks for all the sugegstions, guys. I’ll be out of town for a few days but when I get back I’m def gonna try to fix this.

Tony that’s a pretty good idea, I think I just turned the lip down a little too much to begin with.

Chris and Hoss Epoxy sounds like a great backup plan now, what about CA glue?

Bruce I will def try the hose clamp for my next turning, i like that idea alot

Joe and Picklehead thanks for the encouragement, I’m never afraid to hide my mistakes!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 03-10-2015 12:47 PM

I agree w/above. I think you just drilled the hole a bit too small. BooBoo’s are a part of our woodworking/woodturning life. Stay positive.

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

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#9 posted 03-10-2015 03:30 PM

I am proud of you, I would have hidden the evidence. You might try re-gluing and backing out the insert the insert. Then drill the recess slightly larger and re-install it. I also have my first project I ever made with all its flaws to remind me to not make the same mistakes again. good luck

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#10 posted 03-10-2015 03:59 PM

This was a perfect project crack or not because it may of helped many people, teaching them how to deal with this or a similar problem. Look at all the solutions that came about from just one small crack problem!
We know you are a teacher and I’m 100% sure you know how to deal with such a small problem like this!
Did you set us up? LOL!!!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 03-10-2015 04:18 PM

Nice work. I bet that it was a fun project in spite of the crack. It’s also a good idea to have the ‘in between’ bits so that you can make some of the holes slightly bigger.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 03-10-2015 07:22 PM

The sound we all hate.A time to learn and maybe fix it :)

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#13 posted 03-10-2015 10:38 PM

That’s a bummer. Most tool handles have a metal ferrule to avoid splitting like this… you might try making one out of a copper/brass plumbing fitting.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#14 posted 03-10-2015 11:15 PM

I made a pitchfork handle once and at the end of the handle I drilled a hole to except the tapped spike that holds the fork in the handle. I knew the Ash would crack if I banged it into the handle if I do something to stop it so I fitted the end of the handle with a copper collar then drove the tapered spike into the end of handle and it held very tight without cracking. Maybe a small ring fitted tightly on the end of your bottle opener handle would help with the cracking issue. Just a thought.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#15 posted 03-10-2015 11:19 PM

Sorry Allen,
I just caught what you posted here just “after” I posted the same suggestion.
Brilliant minds at work here! LOL!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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