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    Ticking Sound from my Lathe

    Wednesday night I was turning a big ash bowl and I started hearing a ticking sound. I'll let the pics tell the story...

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    This was some of the wood I picked up a week or so ago at the local firewood lot. (I had thought it was jacaranda, but it's ash instead. Bonus. And it's about dry...10% or so moisture.) I pulled some more metal out of the blank before I started (that's a whole other post), but the head of this nail was buried a good 3 inches or more into the tree. It had been there a long time.

    No bowl gouges were harmed in the making of this post. I guess cryo treated powdered metal is harder than 30 year old nails.

    BTW, the bowl ended up a bit smaller than it was when these pics were taken. See the pith near the rim in the first pic? By the time I turned that away, my 22" bowl was down to about 17 1/2". Ah well, it's just wood. I hear the stuff grows on trees.
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    Cool, looks like you could just pound it straight and use it again
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    I think I would have been inclined to leave the head of the nail when it was visible where it was. I realize when hollowing the inside you would have had to contend with the shank of the nail, but it could have added so much character!
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    Pretty cool story Vaughn. I had a couple of blanks here that after I found the barbed wire buried about 4" deep in the wood had come from the farmer cleaning a fence row. My Thompson tools didn't miss a beat.
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    When I read the title, I thought maybe some of Chuck Ellis' chipmonks had migrated to California!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    I think I would have been inclined to leave the head of the nail when it was visible where it was. I realize when hollowing the inside you would have had to contend with the shank of the nail, but it could have added so much character!
    Although I kinda like the idea, in this case it wasn't to be. I still had a fair amount more wood to remove to get the shape I wanted, so leaving the nail would have compromised my planned shape. I also have some finishing plans for this bowl that the nail wouldn't have worked with. I guess I could have put the nail back in the hole after I got things finished (clipping the shank off first), but it's too late now...the hole's full of black epoxy.
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    Metal inlay!
    Jon

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    Ouch! That could have been nasty!

    Bruce
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    At least it was just steel. I was cleaning up a 40" white oak a few weeks ago and wanted to salvage a 10 ft. log to saw into lumber but saw the tell tale blue stain on the butt. I took a chance and butted off a few feet and the stains looked smaller. I took the block home and applied the maul and low and behold i found 3 ceramic fence insulators with wire. Now if you were to get a tick from one of those insulators I bet it would teach them fancy turning irons a few tricks.

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    That would be interesting Paul, they do turn stone. What do you think Vaughn, really cause trouble or just make a different scraping sound?
    Jon

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