Collets or collet chucks are an excellent way to hold small pieces and with good tools the work can be removed from the collet and reinstalled with little loss of concentricity. The split wire chuck was developed by US watch manufactures in the mid-19th century and is quite accurate but requires the work piece to fit the collet very closely. If the object to be turned is of a larger diameter or more than a few thousands smaller than the collet ID then the collet can be damaged and accuracy...
I’ve probably given away about 20 rings by now to friends and nurses I met during my difficulties. I wanted to get a bit more sophisticated now that I’m used to my lathe. Here are a few more. This one is Osage, red cedar (juniperis) and walnut veneer. This one is pecan heartwood and osage orange. This one is walnut and pecan sapwood. This is just plain Elm but I like the photo. Here are a couple of my attempts to add veneer to the rings. They tend to want to ...
While I have been turning small stuff for a while, I guess I never really took the time to write about it. My first introduction to turning was when I was a youngster. my cousin was turning bowls and vessels and he would let me monkey around with the lathe just turning small spindles for fun – I never really learned techniques, but just went along with it picking it up as I go. As of late I started turning metal, and tried to turn a few small wooden parts, and while it works, I wo...
I bought the collet chuck when I had some Woodcraft gift certificates to burn and had one of those “this would be perfect for…...” ideas. My general rule is to avoid all cutting tools or tools requiring any sort of precision that are made in China. For the most part this rule has served me well, however in this case the fit and finish of the set seemed very good, so with gift certificates burning a hole in my pocket I decided to take a chance. The intended project never ...
Cleaning up a 7×12 Goodell Pratt bench lathe. Some before/after pics. The previous owner (owners?) made a replacement tool rest from scrap 2×4’s and angle iron. It looks janky but is perfectly servicable. In the short term I’ll make something that looks nicer but in the long term I hope to find an original replacement. Oddly, they chose to paint over the original black with green but painted the tool rest a nearly matching red. The vibe I get is that the...
Not sure this is okay to post in a blog, but going to find out. I am looking for a chuck for a Rockwell wood lathe model 46-525. This lathe has a one (1) inch thread with 8 threads per inch. I would prefer a self centering one but would take what ever I can get my hanks on. Maybe you have updated to a bigger or better chuck and just have one laying around you don’t really need anymore.Would appreciate any help locating one. I cant find anything in my local area of South Carolina. Have ...
This is my first “real” wood turning project. My scroll chuck just arrived today, and this is what I’ve done so far. Eventually, the bowl will be parted off and a lid will be made from the remaining wood. Finish is mineral oil. It’s about 3” OD and will be about 2” tall (without lid). A few side views: I will probably have to let this sit for a while until my cole jaws show up. Guess I’ll have to go back to practicing on 2×...
Yesterday I recieved my chuck in the mail and of course I ran to the shop to use it. Had a few jobs to do with that I couldn’t do with out a chuck. Boy does having a chuck make turning a lot easier. this morning I didn’t even put on shoes and socks. Pants shirt and slippers, spent the whole day in front of the lathe, made a lot of sawdust and enjoyed every minute of it. will let you know how well it performed but so far I love it.
Me Bad! Yes I was delinquent in my maintenance, Interesting thing about this old DP the taper that holds the Jacobs Chuck measures with zero runout. The gauge doesn’t even wiggle when the taper is rotated. Run out on the chuck is plus or minus 5 thousandths. A fair amount when you are trying to drill real accurate holes. Celebrating the holiday weekend with friends so corrective measures will be delayed till next week. Hope y’all enjoy too!
Mom visited last week, and with some ideas of things she wanted me to build, we checked out Anderson Plywood (LA, CA) – she loves zebrawood :) – and my favorite place: Rockler (Torrance, CA). While at Rockler, she fell in love with some turned bottle stoppers made by Robert, who I think might be a manager there, and decided she wanted me to make a bunch for her and her friends, starting with a set of 3 for one friend in particular. They only had 2 chrome wine bottle stopper har...
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