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    A Fun Evening in the Shop

    I'll let the pics tell the story...

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    And this is what was left...

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    This was a fresh walnut blank from the Mr. Natural, Mark (NE) Cothren. I had a blast with this piece. It's soaking in alcohol now, and I'll finish turn it in a few weeks.
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    Ever think of hanging a shower curtain or two

    I'm looking at doing that in my new lathe parking spot, might keep the mess more contained...... maybe

    Sure is a nice looking chunk of wood!
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    Yeah, I was thinking about the possibilities of shower curtains. (Hmmm...pink flamingos might look dashing in there.) I can also move the lathe out a bit more towards the middle of the room, which would at least keep much of the stuff off the grinder/drill press bench. The other small benchtop is on my rolling steel cabinet, and that'll likely be next to the lathe no matter how I have things set up.

    I'm going to try to stay caught up on the cleaning, and not let the chips build up too deep. Tonight it only took me about 10 or 15 minutes to clean it all up with a broom and a shop vac...the grinder bench ended up cleaner than I started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Yeah, I was thinking about the possibilities of shower curtains. (Hmmm...pink flamingos might look dashing in there.)
    Yup. I've also thought of hanging plastic sheets around the sides and rear of the lathe so that the cleanup is only in one direction
    I can also move the lathe out a bit more towards the middle of the room, .....
    I do that also ... I drag the lathe out into the middle of the garage leaving me as much free space for chips as possible - biggest trouble is that the space is limited
    Tonight it only took me about 10 or 15 minutes to clean it all up with a broom and a shop vac. .....
    I use a chunk of 4" DC flex tubing as a chip vac. I find that it works better than the small shop vac hose for gathering up lathe shavings. My DC is a small portable one, but for those folks with fixed DC's, a coupe of tubing drops with gates and a chunk of flex hose to slip onto the drop should work just fine - it also vac's a heck of a lot faster then the small shop vac.

    BTW - nice start to the bowl!!

    cheers eh?

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    That's some lathe Vaughn! Nice pics and nice hunkowood.
    Got Wood?

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    Hi Vaughn ,
    Good as you are with words, the sequence of photos saves you for another day. Thanks for the visual explanation and a marvelous piece in the end.

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    That looks like a lot of fun.
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    Nice work, Vaughn! Next time you drive thru Pickles Gap I'll load your truck up with some more of that woood. Looks like you get along with Arky Walnut just fine...

    As to the shower curtain... I tried that... but I end up throwing shavings about 19 different ways (including up and down) when I'm turning and I don't think any mortal configuration of shower curtains can contain the carnage. So I just let 'er buck...
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    Looks like fun Vaughn! My dad put up curtains to keep heat in, don't know if it's helped the chips from flying everywhere.
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