Step 4:

Beginning to shape the piece. Altogether some 10-12 carts of shavings were removed from this piece.

After the outside shape was established, I turned the lathe around 180 degrees to make room for my 8 boring bars, and started hollowing a 4 diameter hole down the center. At some point I had a small catch and all of a sudden the spindle nose broke off, dropping the piece down onto the bed of the lathe. I have never had this happen before, but it was an old lathe and undoubtedly metal fatigue had a factor in the spindle breaking.



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