|Forum topic by RVroman||posted 11-19-2012 07:35 PM||1156 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
11-19-2012 07:35 PM
Yeah, you know where this one is going. I was basically done with a small hollow form that was destined to be an ornament. Getting inside a 3/4” hole to determine depth can be tough, and I thought it felt a bit thick.
We all know the unbreakable rule that as soon as we say “I can go thinner”, or “just one more cut”, it is time to put the tool down. In fact, all such phrases are modern English interpretations of the Latin phrase “Utpay ethay ooltay ownday upidstay!”
This is exactly what was going through one half of my mind, “stop, put it down, you know the rule, so follow the rule”. However, the other half was saying “you can get one more cut out of that!”. Unfortunately, as evidenced below, I listened to the wrong half, and what I think makes it more bitter is that as I was turning I was literally thinking about the rule. And the kicker is, it was indeed thin enough!
What a waste of a nice burl piece over sheer stupidity. :-(
This leads to the question, which is perhaps more philosophical than skill related, why do we do it? We know better, yet we do it anyway. Is it to push the envelope? Some intrinsic need to break rules? Do we get lucky enough sometimes that those successes make us try again? Whatever it is, I get to do it all over again…..
-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!