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Lisa Chan

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10-21-2009 11:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dangerous turning explosion near miss humor

I’m really glad to have that out of the way…

My tool caught and the project snapped at a thin point. The whole thing went slamming into the garage floor.

At least it didn’t go flying into my face shield or anything. WOO!

I got my wings! And no blood! No pictures because it was not spectacular and I want to get back on the horse.

Your favorite near misses?

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 01:07 AM

I can’t remember any “near Misses” my blow outs usually do hit me first. Never gain enough confidence to try turning without that face shield, never!

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 01:26 AM

I’m with Dan, I never turn the lathe on without the face shield. Best blow up? Probably the bowl that broke off at the tennon (bigger bark inclusion than I thought!) and missed me but hit my wife’s bmw…..nice round dent. Lesson: no more turning with the car in the garage.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#3 posted 10-22-2009 01:27 AM

Wow glad your alright.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 10-22-2009 01:55 AM

Certainly glad you were not hurt.

My near misses usually result in blood drops on the lathe or a trip to the emergency room!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-22-2009 02:01 AM

Haven’t had any yet…............Just lucky I guess. Glad you weren’t hurt.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 02:18 AM

the one good thing you get out of seeing things fly of the lathe is you learn not to stand in that path. best explosion is hard to say but it was probably when i started doing hollow forms and i cut right through the bottom, you only do that once. be safe and have fun.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 10-22-2009 09:00 AM

Have had several. But when you use old pallets for wood, sometime those cracks are hard to see. Have not been hit yet (thankfully) I think the worst was finishing a bottom on a small bowl and have it come off the lathe. Did not fly but it sure danced across the bench and floor a while before it slowed down.(3000 RPM) Had a LOT of sanding to remove dents from that one, but it was saved.

Glad you weren’t hurt. ALWAYS use that face sheild.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 10-22-2009 05:16 PM

I don’t have a lathe (yet…. ) but I have had a few incidents that could have been near misses with the table saw – when a piece decides to shoot back out on you. Luckily, I took classes before buying a machine and learned the right way to stand – outside the line of fire. It sounds like common sense, but I have seen and still see plenty of people taking their chances.

I also tend to “break in” new knives and carving equipment as soon as I get them by getting a nice deep cut. Over-enthusiasm (with a bit of stupidity).

Otherwise, most of my accidents are outside of the sphere of woodworking.

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#9 posted 10-22-2009 08:08 PM

Glad you werent hurt. Those things are always scary.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 10-22-2009 08:25 PM

My first one DID fly off and into the face shield, which did its job splendidly, no blood, no bruises, just rung my bell a little bit.

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Chris Cunanan

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#11 posted 10-22-2009 09:02 PM

i really need a face mask, guess i’ve been living dangerously, or more appropriately, stupidly…lol any suggestions on best money for the buy? i’m near Broke, haven’t even gotten the new live/spur centers i need…been out of commission for a while…but those cheap ones don’t seem like they’d do much. sometimes i wear my wrap around glasses and respirator mask, so i suppose my only fear then is a broken nose or somethin to the forehead. lol

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#12 posted 10-22-2009 09:11 PM

Chris, the one I use was about $10 at home Depot. Been using it for 8 years and hasn’t failed me yet.

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#13 posted 10-24-2009 11:54 PM

This is what I’m using.

I had it knocked off by a spindle between centers. It was over before I knew what happened. We both survived.

If the lathe is running, I wear it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#14 posted 10-28-2009 02:35 AM

Haven’t gotten a lathe yet. I may in the next couple weeks though until I have my hand back to 100%.

This happened Saturday AM. Second time I have had a bad cut with this hand. Never carve when distracted. I was using a pelican knife and turn my hand holding the wood and the knife at the wrong time. I call it a close call because it could have been a lot worse than it is. A few weeks of typing with half a hand and no real use of the thumb.


-- ~too many hobbies, not enough free time.

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#15 posted 10-28-2009 06:03 AM

Ouch! maybe one of those chain maille gloves. Really shows that safety gear pays for itself. Glad it wasn’t worse and everybody seems to safe.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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