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12-02-2012 08:33 PM

Today I was turning a 12” walnut burl bowl on my lathe and while I was working to hollow out the center it exploded. A large chunk got me on the arm and I thought it was broke for a few seconds. I still have only found 1/4 of the bowl and it had paint on it from the ceiling.

I was using my 12-20 Jet lathe and I don’t know what the RPM was but I now think it might have been to high.

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#1 posted 12-02-2012 10:15 PM

I’ve found that it’s good to take a little bit at a time and let it sit for a day between. The internal stresses can be released rather suddenly if you do it in one sitting. This also gives the outside a chance to dry a little at a time reducing the risk of a crack.

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#2 posted 12-02-2012 10:41 PM

I exploded a bowl once.
a scare for sure.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 12-02-2012 11:06 PM

Most of us are fortunate we walk away with a few bruises and lessons learned. Hope you’re well and careful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-02-2012 11:38 PM

I’ve done this more times than I care to admit. Catch a tool while hollowing or truing the bottom and BOOM. Always spooks me.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 12:43 AM

Glad you’re OK!

Sounds like that would get you shaking for awhile… and a little “gun shy”...

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 01:09 AM

Been there, done that. Burls, spalted pieces . . . gotta watch for this sort of thing. If the RPMs were too high, maybe the hold you had on it wasn’t good enough for the given RPMs.

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#7 posted 12-11-2012 01:50 AM

Wow that was close,glad your alright.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-11-2012 08:20 AM

This reminds me that once I came across a lathe cage / guard. Has anyone seen these lately?

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

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#9 posted 12-11-2012 10:06 PM

Glad it was only a close call. Take care!

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#10 posted 12-11-2012 10:12 PM

I guess that I’ve dodged that bullet (so far).
Be safe, not scared.


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