I recently received an old brace that I believe belonged to my grandfather and I am in the process of cleaning it up a bit. I have to replace the wood handle at the top of the brace as well as the wood handle in the middle. A friend of mine gave me a couple chunks of walnut that I plan on using for the top handle. I only need one but he gave an extra just in case the first one goes south.
Here is what I have to make:
Here is what I have to make it out of:
I have to use my ShopSmith lathe in order to turn the handle. However, I do not have a Nova type chuck for my machine. I do have a small face-plate for my lathe.
Before I turn the handle I need to know a few things;
1. Would my face-plate be enough to hold the material?
2. Should I mount the face-plate on the end-grain, face-grain, or edge-grain to turn it? (I’m thinking end-grain, but I’m not sure).
3. Should I make some sort of holding fixture that would utilize the face-plate and allow me to put screws into the face-grain and edge-grain of the material? Something such as the following:
In the above picture, screws would go through the side rails of the fixture to hold the workpiece in place. Would this be a safe way of turning the material?
Your input as a wood turner is most appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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