The One That Got Away

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 09-26-2015 04:43 AM 1857 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I got a little log of Jacaranda off the shelf, intending to make a long-stemmed goblet, with an eccentric stem.
That was my plan. From the get-go. I’ve made goblets. I’ve made a few eccentric turnings. But I’ve never joined the two.

I mounted between centers and began rounding and shaping. I’m in love with this Jacaranda – look at the activity in there.

I determined that what I wanted was a snifter-sort-of-a-shape.

I found intuitively that it’s wise to do all the work you can, far from the headstock, before making anything thin. Anything. More on that later.

It’s later, now. What do you think happens when you think you have the bowl portion done, and, find there’s just a little more turning that needs to be done on the outside of the bowl portion – the base thereof, specifically? A gash in the polished up, so-called finished bowl portion.

So, now, there’s a big gash that has to be turned – t’s too deep to sand out – from the outside of the bowl portion, which has a roughly 3/32: thick wall. Can you say “Chatter”. Yeah. Chatter sands out, if you sand long enough.

No worse for wear.

Now to define the neck, finish it, and leave it the heck alone.

Now, I don’t know how others do this.

Maybe they have those fancy-pants eccentric chucks. I do not. I have a little magnet.

I’m starting to see what’s coming of this. And, I’m starting to feel good about it. Doing a not-bad job, so to speak. Here’s a rerun of the previous picture. I have a destination mind. I’ve reached the point where I stand back, holding my right elbow in my left hand with the tool pointing up. The piece is spinning. I’m thinking. Where to put the next cut? Well, how about right there? (The voice in my head.)
My arm gets lowered, the tool makes contact with the aforementioned bowl potion – just a little bit, just touched it – and I walk several feet to my left to retrieve what’s left from the floor.

I had it. I really had it.

So, I get out of bed today, go to my email, and find a notification that GCIMark has posted a new project. It’s a long-stemmed goblet that he describes as his first without an eccentric stem. So he’s exactly like me. Only absolutely the opposite.
Now I go to post today’s Project, The One That Didn’t Get Away.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 05:38 AM

Its no fun when things don’t work out. on the other hand, a hard dowel, some glue…

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 05:47 AM

You know, John, it just occurred to me that, recently, I had a similar thin-stem thing break, and I did fix it. It wasn’t a wobblet, though. And, it wound up with no stem at all. I formed a pocket in the base into which I glued what was left of the stem.

That had a roughly 3” stem before.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 11:38 AM

A magnet. A wobblet. That’s pretty slick. That’s a new one on me. Thanks man! You were on the home stretch of an awesome goblet there.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 12:14 PM

Way to go , Mark. You are always thinking!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 12:15 PM

Shit happens Mark but a nice try.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 09-26-2015 01:01 PM

I’m finally learning that sometimes course sandpaper is the best turning tool.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 09-26-2015 03:04 PM

Lew, why do you and I think a lot alike?? Didya hear this Mark??

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 03:46 PM

This is a reminder of what I believe in, if ya don’t try it, ya don’t know if you can do it. Live and learn as they say.
Great efforts Mark.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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