The lathe can be a very dangerous machine. My wife and I were going to a friends for supper and I needed to finish my project very quickly. I made several mistakes that resulted in a very close call. I had a large (14″,) green bowl on the lathe and needed to finalize the wall thickness prior to drying the bowl. I only had a few light passes left on the bottom to complete. I quickly reset the tool rest and didn’t put my gloves on. As I was rushing the last pass my Sorby scraper caught, the tool rest rotated and my hand was pulled into the piece turning at 800 RPM’s. I quickly shut off the lathe but the damage was done.
What did I do wrong? Well, there were several missteps that resulted in this injury. First, never rush a job! I was not paying attention and giving the respect to the lathe that it deserves. I did not tighten the tool rest adequately and was way too far over the rest with my scraper. I can get aggressive with my tools and I was trying to remove too much material too quickly. Bottom line, I was VERY lucky and only have a few scars to show for it!!