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Project by misterChips posted 10-11-2015 07:42 PM 2136 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is a good thing that I was making extra table legs in case something happen, like a blow out. The 4 legs with green tape were the main legs, the two with white tape were back up legs in case something happen. This is why you should always ware a face shield. I was working on my next project “Coffee table” as I’ve only had the lathe a few months I wanted to turn some legs. Not sure why but I’ve always wanted a wood lathe.

As I had some Cherry blanks (12 of them) that were 3 1/2 inches square and 40 inches long I wanted to try my luck with turning legs for the coffee table. The blanks were cut to 16 inch lengths and then they would be trim down to the finial dims.

I will post the coffee table once completed.

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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#1 posted 10-11-2015 09:03 PM

Good to hear that you are OK.

A lathe is a very unique wood tool. Ever since I used one in Middle School, I wanted to have one. Finally picked one up a couple of years ago. I believe that I have more fun working on the lathe than with any one of my other wood tools, well maybe except a smoothing plane…

Can’t wait to see the finished table!

-- Just making sawdust

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#2 posted 10-11-2015 09:23 PM

daaaannngg. That’s a heck of a catch. Looks like a knot wasn’t doing you any favors.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#3 posted 10-11-2015 09:40 PM

Extra parts always seems like a great idea to me,I hope you didn’t get hurt.

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#4 posted 10-12-2015 12:30 AM

Glad it didn’t hurt you.
I can see this is one of those times when it would be hard to cut the corners off first.

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#5 posted 10-12-2015 06:14 PM

that could have turned (no pun intended) out a lot worse!
Thanks for posting and may all the other turners out there take head to the warning and wearing of a face shield when turning…

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

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#6 posted 10-13-2015 05:37 PM

I once made the mistake of forgetting to wear my face shield. I usually take it off when sanding and saw a small section that I wanted to tool a little more. Hit a knot just a little off and ended up taking the next 20 minutes getting the sliver out of my cheek.

Breakouts are the wood’s way of saying “design modification required”.

-- There are rarely any mistakes made in turning, but there are a lot of on-the-fly design modifications!

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