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    learned something today

    It is a bad idea to shape the end of a spindle too close to the 90 degree mark with a skew. In fact, for me, I shouldn't do more than round off the curve at the end to about 45 degrees or so with a skew.

    How many attempts to shape my handle end did it take me to learn this? Once? Nope. Twice? Nope. Surely, by the end of three attempts resulting in butchering a bit of my end I learned not to do this. Nope, I tried a fourth time, had the same result of the skew riding up onto the rest of my handle. Then I just cleaned up the mess and decided to take a break.

    I've lost about 4" of handle length from my stupidity. I did compare one of my Harbor Freight chisel handles to what is left of the handle I am working on, and it looks like the one I am working on will be just about right, but won't leave any extra.

    Oh well. Free wood, utility project, it'll still work, so cheap lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kosmowski View Post
    I've lost about 4" of handle length from my stupidity.
    Might want to edit that post to say learned from my experience. Stupidity is coming back tomorrow, the day after that, and for the next 30 days doing the same thing. One session at the lathe only counts once.



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    yeah but he's a chemist there supposed to be real smart folk maybe the one in ny have differnt amounts of the commen sense stuff if it didnt work once and it didnt work twice we northerns dont give third chances in any thing,, at least the ones i hang with glad yu didnt loose part of you in the exercize mark.
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    The word "skew" has four letters. Coincidence? I think not.

    Mark, I've had similar "repeat lessons" on the lathe.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    yeah but he's a chemist there supposed to be real smart folk maybe the one in ny have differnt amounts of the commen sense stuff if it didnt work once and it didnt work twice we northerns dont give third chances in any thing,, at least the ones i hang with glad yu didnt loose part of you in the exercize mark.
    Yeah, one of my friends likes to say:

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    And by the third time I just have to admit I like it.
    It's snowing here today, so I'm gonna go with my brain was cold and sluggish, requiring four attempts to learn it ain't working.

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    yu guys had better get that white stuff turned off soon i only got two weeks left till i am head yur direction
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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