I spend a bunch of time on YouTube watching videos whenever I have a few extra minutes and I’ve been watching a lot of wood turning videos. I honestly don’t do a lot of turning, I just don’t have time, although sometime I’d like to be able to spend more time at it, but it’s fun watching what other people can create.
Lately though, I’ve noticed a lot of different turners doing things that I’d consider very inefficient, just because it makes a lot of shavings. In fact, in one recent video, I saw someone round out the top of a project, then instead of cutting off the protruding tenon, which was 4-5 inches long, they swung their rest around and ground down the entire tenon into shavings. Why?
Now maybe it’s just me, but when I work, or do anything really, I look for the most efficient way possible to get the job done. I don’t make messes, just for the sake of making messes and if I’m doing a thing, there’s a reason that I’m doing that thing, not just because it can be done. I find the idea of climbing mountains just because they are there to be silly.
Yet this happens all the time. Just about any turning video you watch shows people lovingly making shavings on the end of a piece that’s not even going to get used. It’s a waste piece, why are you bothering rounding it off? It makes no sense.
There was another guy who chucked up a big square piece of wood, then, even though he says in the video that having this thing with big corners swinging around at high speed is scary, proceeds to try to knock them off with a gouge. Hey idiot, if it’s scary, don’t do it! Go cut the corners off with your table saw! But no, tons of shavings, lots of extra work, and for what? It makes no sense to me at all.
I never understand why people go through so much extra work when a little planning and pre-thought would make the job so much easier.