Don’t do anything stupid! Too late….
Well, I re-learned a lesson last night….over and over I go to the workshop at night to relieve stress from a stressful day at the office…and invariably I screw something up. Woodworking relaxes me, but until I am sufficiently relaxed I am not focused enough for delicate or dangerous work. This is why I am not good at golf.
If I am tense and tired, it is no time to try to do delicate work with power tools. At best, I damage a project, at worst, I damage myself.
Last night I got lucky and only damaged a project. I tired to "improve" the 1/16-inch diameter deviation on the French Baker’s Pin that I made my wife (mentioned in an earlier post.) Instead, I made the deviation significantly worse. I was trying to use a "sizing tool" attached to a parting tool (sort of a "C" bracket that attaches to the parting tool with thumb screws). I set the tool at the desired diameter and swept it back and forth across the length of the baker’s pin.
While the sizing tool does help to create a piece of uniform size, it causes tons of tear-out. Seems like this tool is only good for sizing grooves in a piece, and not rounding to a uniform diameter.
Back to the drawing board for other methods to create an "exact" uniform diameter spindle.