Arthritis advice?

Discussion in 'Woodturning Health & Safety' started by Judy Stone, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Mike Johnson

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    Trying to look inside a hollow piece while turning is a very tedious practice.
    As you acquire more time turning your tool becomes your eyes.
    You will spend less time looking inside the hollow vessel and more time presenting a sharp
    tool into the vessel and rely on a soft touch and technique to guide the tool. Use your other
    senses to tell you what is working, vibration of the tool in your hand, the sound that the wood is
    making as the tool cuts the wood, the wood shavings peeling off the billet.
     
  2. Judy Stone

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    Barry,
    I wanted to let you know that I got the Uflex sleeves you suggested--infinitely better and I've been fine re knees since using them. Thanks for the tip!
     
  3. Gary Beasley

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    I watched several presentations by Glenn Lucas recently and also bought one of his videos. One thing I took away from this is proper technique will get the job done very quickly and leave a good finish with minimal sanding. I'm not there yet but I'm making progress. The time factor makes a big difference in being able to turn with joint pain. Hope you get there.
     
  4. Judy Stone

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    Thanks, Gary, I'll take a look. Glad you are making progress.
     
  5. barry shaffer

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    Judy , Just saw your post -I'm glad the sleeves are helping ! They have helped me extend my time turning too.
     
  6. AlanZ

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    Judy, you might also consider turning/hollowing with the lathe running in reverse. This let's you position the cutting edge towards the far side of the piece, where it is easier to see what's going on. The wood doesn't care which way it is spinning, so why not make it easier on yourself?
    Turners often go through great contortions to facilitate cuts with the lathe running forward, but running in reverse is often the more reasonable approach, though it does take just a bit of getting used to, like any unfamiliar technique.

    One IMPORTANT note... when using a chuck when the lathe is in reverse, you MUST tighten the grub screws of the chuck's collar so it can't spin off of the spindle threads.
     
  7. john lucas

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    You will love Jennifer. She's a very good teacher.
     

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