turning for the first time!

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Blog entry by bozosr posted 12-06-2008 11:40 PM 848 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

thanks for all of the comments! i’m doing turning for the first time. can i use double face tape to afix a 6” walnut plate? to the faceplate that is?? I operate on the theory that the only dumb question is the one that is not asked. somewhere i reat that double face tape would work! what are your comments? can i give it a try? my lathe was brought over on the Mayflower.

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#1 posted 12-06-2008 11:51 PM

i would not use tape to put the blank on the faceplate, i would use screws to hold it in place. with just tape holding it on if you had a big catch it will come flying off.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 12-07-2008 12:42 AM

I agree with Roper. Be careful if the blank is “wet”, however. I lost a blank of tulipwood by screwing it to a faceplate. When I tried to unscrew it all four screws broke.

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#3 posted 12-07-2008 01:28 AM

I agree with rikkor. The screws would be the most secure. However, if you can’t use this method, you might try a glued paper joint. Make a wooden sacrificial disk for your face plate. Cut a piece of heavy paper (grocery bag) the same diameter as the disk. Coat the disk surface with glue, place the paper on the glued surface. Coat the walnut plate surface with glue and affix it to the paper on the disk. You now have a wood sandwich with a paper filling. Let it dry completely before turning. After the turning is complete, use a chisel to split the paper joint. This is a pretty strong joint but be careful to avoid a major catch, it could cause the joint to seperate.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 12-07-2008 01:40 AM

I have seen double sided tape work while turning. However, I have only seen it used wood to wood, not wood to face plate. If you try it, make sure it is heavy duty tape such as carpet tape and please wear a face shield, body armor and clear the shop of any spectators.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 12-07-2008 01:49 AM

i wouldn’t. i don’t like the idea. i either screw it to the faceplate or make a sacrificial block and glue the wood to is.

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#6 posted 12-07-2008 03:00 AM

hey double faced carpet tape on the face plate worked what i would call great! my first project is beautiful barometer holder on a five inch circle with just some dodad circles in front with a deep hole to afix the barometer in. i jumped the gun before i could see what all of you had to say.
it impressed the Mrs. so much she wants me to make several coasters. any idea what wood i could that was inexpensive (no oak please) last several projects i have made or am working on i used oak. i would like to change to a inexpensive prettier wood. give me some hints if you would please.
dan (Bozo Sr.)

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#7 posted 12-07-2008 03:32 AM

try paduak. i love it and it turns pretty nice!

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#8 posted 12-07-2008 05:47 AM

maple, cherry, walnut, mahogany

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 12-07-2008 06:47 AM

Faceplates have holes in them for a reason. Double face tape is not strong enough to hold a blank of any size or weight and will more than likely come off, I hope you aren’t close when it happens

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 12-07-2008 02:15 PM

I have to agree with Doc. Screws are much safer than tape. There are many ways to turn using screws and turning your piece off the piece that is screwed to your faceplate. Be safe at least until you get your feet wet. Just my advice, take it or leave it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 12-07-2008 05:18 PM

I would use either screws with a faceplate or attach a glue block to the faceplate with screws and glue the piece to be turned to the glue block. I have used double stick tape on some small items and sometimes have even used hot glue with some success. Safest way to go for a beginner would be screws. Never use dry wall screws to hold anything to a faceplate as they are to brittle and will break under stress. I use stainless steel wood screws with square drive. One suggestion for you is to go to the American Association of Woodturners site and find a woodturning club near where you live – join the club and take advantage of all the member resources.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#12 posted 12-07-2008 05:49 PM

There is something called “turner’s tape” which I gather is carpet tape with different packaging (and a higher price tag). I read a woodworking magazine article about sheetrock being used instead of paper (as in the sandwich described above), and we all know how easily the paper tears off of sheetrock. I guess the forces acting on a spinning blank are more lateral than horizontal. That being said, I like #12 or #14 woodscrews.

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