I really learned a lot this month! I learned that you should always wear bug dope when turning in the open garage late at night. I also learned to count on the advice of friends. I have been working on getting set up for segmenting for almost a week. After all that, my segments were looking awful. I brought them into a meeting and showed them to everybody. There was a ton of feedback at the meeting and even more after the meeting once I got home. I got phone calls and emails and lots of great advice. I tried to put all of into action and eventually I think I've got it pretty figured out, at least the beginnings of it. First off, just like a dull turning tool, a dull saw blade it's definitely dangerous and ineffective. I never really need to cut exacting stuff so I just plowed through on an old dull saw blade that was basically pushing back and throwing tons of sawdust all over. I ran down to the hardware store after the meeting and got a new blade and boy is it ever sweet! My saw even sounds quieter. I realize now that the old blade may have been bent a bit by the way it shimmied back and forth against the zero clearance insert. I had no idea! the other thing I learned, was not to rely too much on newfangled gadgets or technology! To some this just may be old school and common sense but to me it was a learning experience. I bought one of those Wixey digital level/angle gauges a while back and thought I would use it on my table saw. I zeroed it out on the table top and then I put it on the blade, and put the blade to 90 degrees. I sawed a whole bunch of segments (those were my first segments that were all off) with a blade that I thought was Square. But after recognizing my multitude of errors that were adding up I remembered that I had used that digital gauge. I went back and checked my blade with a square, and it was way off! I cannot get that digital gauge to work and now I can't rely on that for sure. But with the help of my friends I realized that I needed to look for some of these things I fixed it and now I have beautiful clean square cuts and I think my segments look awesome. Now I can get on with this segmenting thing cuz I was getting a little worried and frustrated thinking it wasn't for me. After all that I just feel grateful and fortunate that I have friends with hundreds of years of experience that they will gladly share just for the asking. They will freely give their time to come to my house and help me or, for me to go to their house and help me or, just to give me a call to follow up on a problem or something new. I talked to Cindy Drozda at the Raleigh symposium and she said you'll never find a group who will so freely and gladly share their knowledge, skills, techniques and tricks, than a bunch of woodturners. Of course, they might share a little bit more than you want sometimes, but I think you are all are great! Thanks for being here!
Turn safe and most of all, have fun!
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AAW
(Excerpt) AAW policy initiative on fractal burning (also known as "Lichtenberg Burning"), which advocates safety and helps to protect lives.
The AAW has always been a faithful advocate for woodturning safety. Recently, the subject of fractal burning has been in the news because of another tragic death. The AAW Safety Committee has studied the issue and concluded there may be a distinct influencing benefit in adopting a policy against the use of Fractal Burning and publicizing it immediately to chapters and members. As a result, it was recommended that the AAW Board adopt a new policy against the practice, which was unanimously approved on May 17, 2017. The new policy is as follows:
It is the policy of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) that the process known as Fractal Burning is prohibited from being used in any AAW-sponsored events, including regional and national symposia, and that AAW-chartered chapters are strongly urged to refrain from demonstrating or featuring the process in chapter events. Further, the process of Fractal Burning shall not be featured in any written or online AAW publication, except for within articles that warn against its use. AAW publications will not accept advertisements for any products or supplies directly related to the process.
Additionally, the Safety Committee recommended that an article be published in the August 2017 issue of American Woodturner to highlight the dangers of the practice and publicize the new AAW policy.
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