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Ok let's see if I can describe this correctly---- #1 is it safe? #2 is it practical? Question: Can you round off the corners of a square (say 12x 12 x1") from the tailstock side? I know it can be done along the axis of the bed-- but perpendicular to the axis? I saw ONE video on youtube & he turned it round pretty quickly!! He was using a carbide cutter, not HSS. Just plunged it in and cut off the corners Project: I was planning on making serving "platters". Normally they are made from a 3" thick piece of wood with the center hollowed out by using a fostner bit. But that seems to me to be an extreme waste of wood. I was planning on making rings using a parting tool or something similar and then gluing them on a 1/2-3/4" thick base. That way I could use the inside of the ring to make smaller "bowls"/rings-- to make serving dishes. So ---- is it safe & is it practical? thks smitty
Gerald posted a topic in Wood TurnersThis one covers the rest of the lathe . Notice how spotless his lathe is
Gerald and I have discussed a tailstock support for delicate turning, such as tree ornaments. Your tailstock must have bearings to do this. I found some very stiff foam at Micheals that is 1" in dia and about inch long. I fashioned a holder made of oak, pressed the foam in and drilled a tapered hole to accommodate the piece. I have not tried it yet, but will report when I do.
Your replies have taken me to areas of turning I've never heard of. Rubber Chucky was a neat and great idea. The string center looked like a very old concept. A lot of set up. I made up something like Chucky. My tail stock is a kit that contains about 6 different centers, holes, etc. I turned down a piece of Oak and drilled a hole for a round pencil eraser. I am going to try other materials too and larger erasers. Could be a great way to hold a pointed piece.
Have you ever been working on, or polishing a piece that is supported only by the chuck and bumped it off center. I have and have been able to use the tail stock attachments to get it back to center. Provided that they will fit. However, my attachments are small, I have a mini lathe. When the piece of work is too large to fit the attachments, such as a hole in a in a piece, my attachments will fit in the hole. I made a couple of wooden Oak pieces similar to the metal ones to solve that problem. The one time I tried it out, it worked. I have NO intention using them for anything else. You can see the metal ones that go in the tail stock with bearings and the larger ones I made. Any thoughts?
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