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Thread: Boy, My Tools Got Dull Quickly

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Boy, My Tools Got Dull Quickly

    I was finish turning a piece of (now) dried box elder tonight, and things were going swimmingly. I was switching around between different gouges and the Ci1, and getting nice results with all of them. Then I did a bit of sanding to clean up the few remaining tool marks, but after a bit, I decided to grab a gouge and even up the curve a bit more.

    I started doing a shear cut with the gouge, and it was like I was using the wrong end of the tool, No cutting whatsoever. I grabbed another gouge...same results. I even tried leaning into the tool with a bit more aggressive cut, but still got nothing. All I was doing was burnishing the wood.

    Then it dawned on me that I still had the lathe in reverse after sanding. The tools cut just fine with the wood spinning the right direction.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    Funny story Vaughn. Will we see a future 'tip' on using lathe chisels as burnishing tools?
    Yeah, I suspect a scraper would work great. It'd put a shine on like nobody's business.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    I feel better now knowing that I'm not the only one who's done that:.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Benson, Arizona
    Vaughan I believe your story, it happened to me, while taking my lesson with Wally Dickerman. I was drilling the hole into my HF and the drill wouldn't work. Wally hopped in and said let me try it. We looked at each other and at the same time looked at the switch. Both of us started laughing at the same time. It does happen...Bruce
    Always like learning something new!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Mason Michigan
    "Small Change got rained on with his own 38"

    Tom Waits

  6. #6
    I did something similar with a dado blade on a table saw; had the two outside cutters backwards. The amazing thing was that I managed to cut the dados, with lots of smoke and resistance. Only afterward did I discover my error.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I would never admit it.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Ain't no way I be admitting to that!!!!!!!!!
    Bernie W.

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Took a lot to admit that Vaughn.

    At least you didn't grind down your gouges trying to get them sharp!
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  10. #10
    You have a lot of guts to admit that in public... and no I never stood at the lathe scratching my head trying to figure out why a tool wasn't cutting.

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