|Forum topic by kolwdwrkr||posted 04-10-2009 04:58 AM||1486 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
04-10-2009 04:58 AM
Well it’s been a shiznitty day for me. Have you ever worked on a project that was destined for failure. I mean for cripes sake it’s a darn yo-yo and I can’t get it right. I’m on like round 4 or so.
If something wrong was going to happen it did. The first few I turned out of Alder. I have been trying to make it out of one piece so I used a parting tool to take down the center where the string would go. It tore the end grain to the point of no return.
So then I decided to change the design and go with the reverse style whereas it slopes into the center where the rope is. If that makes sense. Well that was just Jim Dandy. The turning went good and I cut it off the lathe. I strung it up and tried it. My center section was to wide, and the string slide side to side causing the yo-yo to turn in flight, thus not allowing it to wrap back up.
SO I decided that it needed a little out of the center. I took some out of the center and it worked fine. So onto the marquetry. The first side looked great. The second side I sanded through. The more I worked on the soft alder the more damaged it got. So that one is junk.
I had made more then one of that style so I went ahead and just sprayed the second one. Turns out that my groove in the center was off just a little and still knocked it off balance. So back to the lathe. Except there wasn’t a way to chuck it in without causing a little damage. I tightend the chuck just enough to hold it and started to fix the center groove. The tool caught and threw the piece down onto the floor leaving tool marks and other damage. WTF. By this point in time I wasn’t just frustrated, I was pissed off.
I decided to do it in two parts. I glued the parts together and put them on the lathe. I turned them the shape I wanted. Great. Then I went to drill my hole for the dowel. It ends up slightly off center. No problem I say, I’ll just put it back on the lathe and turn it more. PFFFT. That didn’t work so well either. So the lights went out and I came in to rant here. Maybe tomorrow I can actually get it right. It’s a simple project, I don’t know what the heck is wrong with me. It’s just one of those Years.
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