How to Turn a Failure into a Disaster | Woodworking Project

How to Turn a Failure into a Disaster | Woodworking Project

Making segmented pencil holders on the lathe and things didn’t turn out as planned.
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The original plan was to start off making a couple of pencil holders mainly out of red zebra wood and cutting 12 segment rings. Segmented rings is a very efficient use of wood when turning on the lathe as there isn’t much waste. This is especially critical when working with more expensive exotic woods like red zebra wood and cocobolo as we’re using in this project. The feature rings on the one pencil holder has plugs cut out of the the individual segments and filled in with a contrasting piece of wood and then another hole drilled into it and filled with blue pigment epoxy. Unfortunately during the turning process a couple of the plugs chipped out so we decided to hide that area with melted crayon. This is when things went terribly wrong and the whole piece ended up getting covered in colorful crayon. On the second pencil holder I decided to add some visual texture and used a rotary tools to create little divots filled with red paint. Even though these two pencil holders didn’t come out as I planned it was a fun woodworking experiment and I can use a few of the techniques in upcoming projects.

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Jennie and Davis says:

"Plow through and see what happens"
Sounds like our general strategy! 😂
LOVED this project's story, David. Missed you at WBC. Wish you did more talking at the camera, but we know that doesn't usually work out for watch time. Cant wait for the next one!

michael monteforte says:

Dave I think I can speak for EVERYONE pre-crayon was awesome. How about putting back in the lathe and cutting away the resin and crayon. I’m confident if anyone can make this right you can. I hate when a job goes south.

Christopher Rowe says:

Thank you for posting this instead of just trashing the video and the project! its really great to see projects that don't turn out

paul layden says:

diffidently not your best work, we all learn from our mistakes

Jared Whitmyre says:

I love this video! Not because watching the struggle is fun, but because it shows that even seasoned makers like yourself have a process that isn’t bulletproof — and makers like myself are then reminded that making isn’t all sunshine and lollipops the way YouTube might make us think. Hiccups, failure, adapting, etc are all part of the experience. Thank you for being honest at the end! You’re amazing!! And I hope today you make something you love!

Urban Self Sufficiency says:

I love the whole "ugh, f*** it" bit at the end. We've all been there.

Skewed Maker says:

Failure creates an opportunity to learn. Now you know how to make an expensive melted crayon style pencil holder.

Jeffrey Potter says:

These pieces just have a different story. God looks at the heart of man…and knows what it looks like.

Evan Harriman says:

You did some great work before the mistakes. And because you can learn from your mistakes, you did great work after. Keep it up man 🙂

Colin Bedford says:

You tried something new and it didn't work, but next time you'll know, you can't get it right everytime, but most of the time you do 👍👌

Jim Camilo says:

If at first you fail…and you don’t pause to regroup…it will probably get worse. 😜 But it looks like you had fun doing it. Thanks for the entertainment value.

Willdrick says:

pencil cup #1 hurts
8:40 good thing WD40 melts crayon away 😀
9:05 oh… Oh, dear….
9:10 well, good thing it didn't stick, you can still recover it by scraping carefully and add only the epoxy fini–
9:20 Oh… Again?! Y THO!?

pencil cup #2 you can use the edge of a flap disk on an angle grinder to get a similar effect, but much neater and consistent! (and quicker since you can let it free spin on the lathe while poking it with the angle grinder 😛 )

Jim Sauber says:

"If you don't fail sometimes, you haven't been pushing hard enough." Thanks for sharing!!!

wayfastwhitie455 says:

Couldn’t you just put it back on the lathe and turn the crayons off?

effnrad2127 says:

Just gotta keep on keepin on.

freeman621 says:

Sometimes it's hard to want to celebrate what you might personally deem as a failure. Just keep movin'!!

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