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Chip Guards

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by Phil Colson

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This month's tip is about chip guards. Not the type of guard that keeps chips out of your face, but a way to keep chips out of your pockets. As we approach Summer and the temperature rises, I don't wear my turning smock as often as I should. It is too hot. The down side to this is the build-up of chips in my pocket. When I go inside the house and reach into my pockets I get chips on the floor. Everything in my pockets is covered with chips. When my turning clothes are washed, the washing machine has chips in it and then the dryer collects the rest. Not a happy wife, and you know what they say, "Happy wife, happy life." What to do? I need to find a way to close my pockets.


I put tape over the opening to any of my pockets. It works. Another triumph, happy wife, happy life.

I have put a roll of three inch tape on a nail just inside the door. I feel like a knight putting on his armour. Now suited up I'm ready to turn. If you have a similar problem with chips, try it, it works.

Happy Turning!

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