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Forum topic by Broda posted 06-07-2009 06:48 AM 1891 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-07-2009 06:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip lathe turning safety

Yesterday at about 5pm I discoved the reason why I always wear a faceshield while turning on the lathe.

I was spindle turning a piece of unknown wood and I stopped to check my progress and I saw a small crack. I looked down the endgrain to see how far it went a d decided I’d probobly just turn it out.
A few minutes later a great big piece of it came flying off and hit my straight in the face.

turns out that little crack actually went all the way through
That probobly would have broken my nose if I had not been wearing my facemask


-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 06:54 AM

Wow that’s scary, glad your alright.


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#2 posted 06-07-2009 07:00 AM

Thank God for safety equipment

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 07:32 AM

i really need one, i have turned a lot of cracked wood ‘n heavily lopsided pieces, and had some scares but thankfully no pieces big enough to do any damage…knock on wood! lol

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 07:35 AM

Whew!! I am just beginning to look seriously at turning and I am taking all of these warnings seriously. Thank you for putting out the word. It’s a word I will sure pay attention to.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 07:45 AM

All safety procedures pay off eventually. I remember a 480 volt motor starter that blew up when I powered it up about 20 years ago, but since I always power things up with my left hand standing to the side looking away, no big deal :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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