Lathe accident [well, almost]

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Project by rustfever posted 02-08-2013 09:12 PM 3137 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An Oak burl has been setting in my ‘Turning Stock Bin’ for over a year. I finally got around to doing some with it on the lathe. After a bit, I noticed some defects, bark inclusions, and worm holes. So, I stopped and cleaned it up, giving discovered defects a good filling with CA adhesive. I set aside for about 28 hours, and then returned it to the lathe at a slower speed. I carefully worked it for about 2 or 3 minutes, when BAM!
I felt something brush my jaw and heard something go past my ear. This it the results. A four piece bowl.
Thankfully, I was: standing out of the path of flying objects; had my full face shield on; wearing safety glasses; and wearing a heavy apron.
Net result: one broken bowl, and not one drop of blood shed.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 09:20 PM

You were blessed. and mount it on a plaque to remember it by.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 09:40 PM

Glad you were saved any bodily harm. Great reminder for all turners that stuff like this can happen.

I think the big piece can serve as a sculpture of sorts. Looks really cool.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 10:07 PM

Wow thankfully you were not hurt.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 11:14 PM


Glad you were not hurt.


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#5 posted 02-09-2013 12:16 AM

Glad you got away without an injury, I really like your busted up bowl, it’s like an ancient pot found in an archeological dig.

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 12:52 AM

Well very blessed indeed! I was sanding a finished red oak bowl and had on just my goggles when it exploded in my face, I hit me hard enough to almost knock me out and did a job on my face. I had a broken orbital bone, broken nose, Frankenstein scare down my forehead along my nose and into my upper lip. Had surgery to place a tytanium plate under my eye to hold it up and was scared of my lathe for a long time. A face shield would have prevented most if not all of the damage. I do turn some still but don’t turn the lathe on without thinking about my accident.

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 01:26 AM

I’m paranoid about this and probably have a totally inadequate face shield. I try and use the tail stock as much as possible.
I’ve found that I really don’t need to spin the bowl more than about 1500 RPM to get the job done though and I’ve had a few come off the chuck but nothing airborne yet. In fact now that I do inlays, the occasional bowl falling off the chuck can be rather interesting.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 03:26 AM

scary, but glad you are okay Ira!

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 03:35 AM

I was using the tail stock up until the bitter end. I had remove the tail stock just before pulling the bowl off the lathe for reinforcing with CA glue.
I’ve had small ‘Failures’ in the past, that is why I was standing clear of the path, were the bowl to come apart.
Very valuable lesson. I hope others can learn from my close call.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 03:41 AM

This is the reason I’ve shied away from burls. It’s hard to spend an hour convinced that something is going to blow up in your face whether or not it actually does.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 03:59 AM

You were very lucky. I had a blowup recently and wasn’t quite as lucky but not to bad injury. It happens so fast you barely, if at all, see it coming.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#12 posted 02-09-2013 04:06 AM

Looks like you handled it about as well as a guy could. Good job !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#13 posted 02-09-2013 04:40 AM

That was a close call !!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#14 posted 02-09-2013 04:41 AM

Very smart to use all of your personal protective equipment.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#15 posted 02-09-2013 05:50 AM

Glad you’re okay. I seem to always wind up bleeding.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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