So late last night, when the house was quiet, I decided to try turning a much larger oval bowl out of a chunk of walnut. Drilled the piece a little with a foerstner bit, and got it between centers and started turning:
So far, so good, right?
it's spinning around, just like it should, at something under 700 rpm
but the roughing gouges are getting a little dull (I swear, I need to sharpen them every three minutes!) And then I remember Stu's mantra, "All hail the mighty skew!" Now, I'm deathly afraid of the skew. I can see using it on spindles, maybe, in a pinch. Obviously, I don't know how to use it, but I figure I'll never learn how to use it, if I don't try... I'm such a doofus sometimes...
No, the wood isn't turning here... this is actually an after the fact recreation. But I clearly don't know how to present to tool to the wood. The book I have says that before you use a new chisel, you need to learn how to rub the bevel with it, just to get a feel for it. Makes sense, right?
Wrong! I rub the bevel, and lift the back of the handle just a touch. Next thing I hear is a very loud BANG, and something strikes my chest with great force... hard enough to confuse me (it's easily done!) It was so hard and so sharp that at first I thought the wood had smacked the skew and driven it back so it smacked me on the chest. I put the tool down, and turned off the lathe. Imagine my surprise when I saw this:
Geez! I stood there staring, and figured out this is exactly what happened:
Of course! It's so obvious that that's exactly what *would* happen if someone was dumb enough to do this! But, as Kierkegaard always said, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." D'oh!
Anyway, by the time I got the piece smoothed back out, it had taken on a completely different aspect:
Don't know how it'll look, given the new form:
And here's the other side:
Anyway, I'm only posting this as an object lesson for those who are, like me, just learning. Actually, three lessons: Think about what you're doing before you do it... geez, what could be more obvious?
There's a real good reason people buy face shields! If the angle had been just a little different, I'd be even uglier than I already am!
Things fall apart, and when they do, flying chunks of wood hurt! But all's well that ends well...