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Thread: Thinking cup {aka} spin work gone flat

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    Thinking cup {aka} spin work gone flat

    Ahhh... the trials & tribulations of a noob...I screwed a chunk of ply to my face plate to try my hand at hollowing out a cup I was attempting on the lathe, I thought I could simply run a screw thru the ply and into the cup and be able to maneuver without needing the tail stock...well, at about the twelfth revolution, things went south
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    well, I'm getting tired of constantly throwing all of my practicing pieces away, turning isn't as easy as some make it look So I decided I'd see what I could salvage out of it...one quick swipe thru the bandsaw and waa-laa...
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    OK, now what? Hey make a kodak moment of it I thought... I figured it could be a good reminder that when I 'screw' around, I get 'mickey mouse' results...which leads to the flat-work part of my day...
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    Stuck it up where I can see it everyday as a reminder..."if you screw around mickey mousing things, your cup will never runneth over with success"
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    I've had this watch since my high school years, and it sure sums up my day to day adventures since then ...
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    Ken i think that looks real cool. I like every thing about it.

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    That's great Ken
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    Talk about making lemonaide out of lemons! That is amazing! Great piece, great story, excellent use of your ole noodle to come up with a solution!! I like it!!
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    I think it's cool that you used your sense of humor to turn a flop into a nice piece.

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    I think most turners have learned a similar lesson or two along the way, but I don't recall seeing the lesson memorialized so well before.
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    It is funny...That cup shape (especially the bottom) looks familiar. I thought I had "rights" to that shape.

    Fantastic come back! Great memorabelia.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
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    Most mishaps are just design opportunities. You took advantage of that one nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    It is funny...That cup shape (especially the bottom) looks familiar. I thought I had "rights" to that shape.

    Fantastic come back! Great memorabelia.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
    that bottom is sitting on a spool not a stool

    Thanks for looking & the comments folks
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