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post #1 of 10 Old 05-21-2011, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Dangerous turning..?

I've a few pieces of knotty, cracked, checked red cedar...

Chucked one up a day or two ago to see if'n I could shape it without losing an eye or a few teeth...

The outside turning "turned" out pretty nice, but I have, or had serious concerns about the piece flying apart during hollowing...

My intention was to post this yesterday, for advice about options to keep it together, but my camera battery died, so...

This was my simple solution...
(sorry 'bout the fuzzies, I REALLY need a better camera)

I'm turning it now, wish me luck!

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...ever notice how "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" mean the same thing, unless you are at a funeral..?

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I think it's beautiful, a little heavy on the finish but still gorgeous.

Why would you worry about losing teeth or an eye - you do turn with a face shield right???

Personally i'd be more worried about tweaking my wrist, having the blade dig into a knot and torque.
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i like the crazy dangerous stuff
i like your bowl
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turned...
Single coat of WOP...

I could have gone thinner, but am a wuss...

Quote:
a little heavy on the finish
Yeah, I just about plasticized the thing on the outside, hoping to shore it up a bit...
I can sand it off, if desired.
Final finish yet to be determined...

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you do turn with a face shield right
Does a mustache count..?
Sorry again about the fuzzy pics.

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...ever notice how "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" mean the same thing, unless you are at a funeral..?

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Turning wood like that is just flat out dangerous. A woman named Joan Kelly of Memphis was just killed by a piece of cedar that flew apart. You did the right thing by using tape but use something like strapping tape instead of masking tape. Even this is dangerous because the tape can come undone. If you insist on turning these wear a good face shield as a minumum. A helmut with faceshield would be better. Always stand out of the line of fire (which is the line the bowl will fly if it does come apart). Best idea, just turn good wood instead of stuff that can kill you.
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Dangerous turning..?

The rougher it is the better I like it,BUT I do wear a top quallity face shield and I will usually turn the outside to finish ,then use that clear wraping tape,its cheap and doesn't leave any residue,I will put several wraps aroud the piece,then start on the inside.OH and I use this method whether it knotty wood or clean smooth wood.BTW that is a beautifull piece

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This is one gorgeous piece!
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Just readabout the lady John mentioned last night...very sad. Reinforces the need for a shield (which I do wear when I'm turning bowls, just not for smaller stuff like stoppers or pens). NIce bowl by the way.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Even in metalworking, sometimes I would stand off to the side when starting on a questionable job. Let it run in for a few seconds before presenting a cutting tool. Especially turning something over 24" in Dia.

Several tons of spinning metal a few inches from your face makes a guy leery at first.

A workpiece usually crashes in the first few seconds of mounting. Equalizes any stresses, etc.

Harrison, at your service!
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I did forget to mention that I use blue painters tape first because it doesn't leave a residue. Then I put a few layers of strapping tape on the outside because that stuff is really really strong. Be sure and wrap it so if an end comes lose the wind won't pick it up and unwrap all of it. don't ask how I learned that. wrapping it clockwise prevents this rapid unwinding.
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