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Forum topic by toddbeaulieu posted 11-28-2015 11:44 PM 2239 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2015 11:44 PM


So as most of you know, I’m new to turning. I’ve now blown up 3-4 bowls at the very end of the project … finishing the bottom. The next bowl will be different. I swear it. I’m going to quit while I’m ahead, saw off the thingie and sand it out.

Here’s a video of a natural edge oak bowl that was 99% complete, finish and all coming off the lathe as I got a catch on the thingie (what’s it even called? nub? umbilical cord?). It glanced off my shield, nailed a heater, the ceiling and smashed into a planer in the back of the room, turning it on. Noticed how I ducked AFTER it was well behind me!

Four hours wasted. Much of that time was spent trying to balance the blank with a chainsaw because my 18” bandsaw is dismantled.

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 11:47 PM

Hey you weren’t an idiot. You had the facemask on! Thankfully it was just a piece of wood that broke. There’s always more wood. Teeth? Well you don’t want wood teeth.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 11-29-2015 12:39 AM


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#3 posted 11-29-2015 12:47 AM

well okay, now I will have a drink.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 11-29-2015 01:19 AM

Glad you’re ok and it missed you. Just wondering if the glue block or the chuck grip let go? Could you post a pic of the bottom of the bowl?

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 01:46 AM

How are you finishing the bottoms? My cole jaws have thrown plenty of bowls off which is frustrating as hell. Looked like it was gonna be a nice looking bowl.

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 01:59 AM

Glad you had your mask on and were safe. I still think that bowl is salvageable. I see lots of high end art bowls with rather large cutouts like that. Become one with the wavelike organize patterns in the natural material or some such BS like that and I bet you can still make something nice out of it.

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 02:25 AM

Wow, glad you did not get hurt. Question, what direction was the lathe running in. In the video it looks like you had the lathe running in reverse.

-- mrg

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#8 posted 11-29-2015 03:15 AM

Things flying of a lathe is the biggest reason I’m not keen on turning. Doubt I ever will be. Like everyone else I’m glad you survived unharmed.

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#9 posted 11-29-2015 03:19 AM

try wrapping the bowl with flexible plastic wrap, after turning the exterior and before starting the interior.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 11-29-2015 04:31 AM

If that would have been me, my first thing would have been going into the house to change my under drawers.

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

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#11 posted 11-29-2015 04:40 AM

All you turners are brave in my book – lathe work takes guts as well as talent.

As to this bowl – clean up the sharp edges – put on a finish and cal it art. No one will be the wiser.

Glad you are okay.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#12 posted 11-29-2015 07:09 AM

Before you throw it away, ask yourself, what would Frank Howarth do? :)
He’d probably make a segmented section to fill in the missing piece and it would be better than before!

-- Rick M,

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#13 posted 11-29-2015 09:00 AM

I like it with the crack. Looks cool!

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#14 posted 11-29-2015 09:26 AM

Looks like it got loose in the Chuck. I tighten mine periodically too keep it tight. There still is a chance for it to come loose. That is the fun part of turning green wood. You just need to duck once and a while. Happy turning.

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#15 posted 11-29-2015 12:46 PM

Glad you are OK. I’m learning too. Haven’t thrown one that big yet. I started checking the chuck was tight every so often. Your lathe looks to be the same as mine that is a 1973. I am thinking of raising it to a 18” swing next year.

-- Bill R

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