Turning Archive 2006

Subject:
Survey: Biggest challenges to getting "better"?

steve antonucci
>I've been kicking this around for a while, and I'm going to ask you all:

What is the biggest thing holding you back from being "better" as a woodturner? Answers I expect will vary from equipment to technique to ??? And as a follow-up, what are you doing to "fix the problem?"

My first knee jerk reaction to this is time. In the past, I've had way more "me time" than I do these days, and my time at the lathe was more valuable than my "finishing time". I've always enjoyed sending streams of wet wood in the air way more than sanding and my work shows it.

In an effort to produce higher quality work (in much less quantity), I've started spending more time on projects once they're off the lathe than time on the lathe. I sand, hand scrape, and wetsand until about 320 grit and I have seen a huge improvement in the final product. No more torn endgrain, or blotchy finishes. Baby butt smooth. By slowing down my process, I have actually learned to "like" sanding (ok, tolerate it :-) and I am much happier with my final product.

So what's your problem? Inquiring minds want to know.

Steve

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Survey: Biggest challenges to getting "better"?
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Re: Good drive by gloat, Ed. :o) *NM*
Interesting question
Forgetting the "Golden Rules of Turning"
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Re: Thanks for the boot, Carole. :o)
Heat
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Time and wood
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Better?
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Biggest challenges: speed + quality
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Thanks for the compliment-
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Biggest challenge: Wood
Rick, use Dave Smith's alcahol method
Good Points All
Rick, Where Do You Live? *NM*
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Blanks drying *PIC*
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Or when the negative space > positive space *NM*
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Time...or lack of.
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