Friday, April 17, 2009

The Finished Tiled Salad Bowl

As you can see, there is something similar about this post and the last post. Can you see it? Look closely ... this is the same bowl as the previous one. You have sort of before and after pictures posted here. I put that mess posted before on the lathe and turned it. Hitting all those corners with my gauge makes a heck of a racket in the shop. Once all those corners are gone, it's smooth sailing from then on ... or until I start the inside. This bowl measures 13" X 6" and is treated and designed as a food safe salad bowl.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Tiled Salad Bowl

The last post, you saw what could happen when cutting these segments. This is what a tiled salad bowl looks like before it's turned on the lathe. You can see a finished one below in the slideshow or visit our web site.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Be Alert ... Not a "LERT"

I’m coining a new word here boys and girls.
LERT = someone that is not alert. And I are one too !

We all know when “IT” happens, we’re usually doing something repetitive and get hypnotized by the moment. I was cutting pieces for a tiled bowl. They’re always cut at 22.5 degrees and these were 40 in number at 5 1/8” in length. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure how “IT” happened, but the piece passed the table saw blade and went flying in two pieces. I usually grab the pieces after they pass the blade then pull the meter gauge back to the starting position. I think I may have tried to do both at the same time. The result was all hell done broke lose.

The aftermath was a bent blade, a meter gauge that had to be completely re-calibrated, a piece of a project in two pieces, and a wife that came running in shock to see if I was alright. The noise of the action and me yelling Odie's favorite word brought Sue very quickly. And yes, I still have all my fingers.

So, be ALERT out there … not a “LERT” like me.