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how many times?

I put a chunk of wood on the lathe the other day to turn a vase,
that project changed into a possible box due to knots and tearout, what I ended up with was a little spin-top!

This isn't the first time a project has changed while on the lathe for me.

how many times do you guys have to throw out your project idea and go another rout?

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When doing spindle work I frequently end up with an end product that doesn't match what I had envisioned, though I'm getting better at technique so they are starting to at least look a lot closer to the original vision. But I've had a footed bowl become a bowl with a large lip to just a bowl a few times. Or what started as a square bowl becomes a round bowl because of some problem.

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Well early on it happened a lot. I have been turning for a long time and so usually get what I'm after now. However sometimes when I start a bowl or hollow vessel out of strange wood I will find defects or details that make me change it. That's one of the reasons I always start bowls between centers instead of using a screw chuck.
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That's one of the reasons I always start bowls between centers instead of using a screw chuck.
that's a good idea!

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I usually chuck a blank with an idea, but I ultimately let the blank decide.... and the blank usually decides something other than what I had in mind.

I'd like to think that this is an artistic trait, but it might just be showing how much of a noob I am.
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I planned to make a vessel for Mom's Day last week from an 18" x 18" chunk of pecan with a large area of mineral staining. I chased some cracks with the chainsaw til it was about 8" x 12", put it between centers and continued chasing a tiny crack and changing designs. It was such a cool piece of wood and could have been an awesome looking vessel but it kept getting smaller and smaller until it was just a huge pile of garden mulch. Mom got a much less spectacular piece. Fortunately she's genetically programed to love whatever I give her.
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I can make a long list of things that just never worked out for me. These days always have an idea or picture of what am going to do before mounting wood on the lathe.

My latest dud is a bunch of tippe tops. I call them mushroom tops, some spin just like a top others spin on their side but none spins on the stem like supposed too!

I have learned cannot turn hand mirrors too thin. Mirror will rock in recess because wood warps and drilling a hole for handles a bear. Too bad never thought about using a dowel instead of tenon on handle. Any way still need a chisel to pare off wood so mirror lays flat. Or forget about handle altogether.

Finding solutions to problems part of the adventure turning wood no worries!
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That's why I like segmenting, cut it off and try again.
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