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Project by footprints posted 251 days ago 1498 views 10 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This homemade face plate to hold bowls was made possible by a discovery at Home Depot. While digging around in the specialty hardware section (you know, the weird stuff they have in tiers of drawers) I discovered what they call an expandable nut. This is a 1/4-20 nut molded into a 13/16 long rubber sleeve. When you tighten it down, the rubber bulges out.

I band sawed a rough circle of melamine covered particle board and mounted it to the 4” diameter metal faceplate of my lathe and turned it true. Twelve 1/4” slots were routed through the faceplate and the expandable nuts threaded onto bolts. I bring the tail stock of the lathe up against the center of the bottom of the bowl to hold it in place while the bolts are tightened to hold the bowl. A large hose clamp goes around the circumference of the bolts to apply inward pressure and you are ready to turn the base of the bowl. It works very well.

Here is my first attempt at a segmented bowl from zebra wood and blood wood. I learned a lot, made quite a few mistakes and look forward to trying again soon. These types of really hard woods dull even the best turning tool quickly so I bought some tungsten carbide inserts (available from Harrison Industries and Amazon) and mounted them on some 1/2” steel square bar stock. They last forever and when they get dull you just rotate them to a new edge.

-- Ray, Phoenix, Maryland





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rayn

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#1 posted 251 days ago

Great idea for the faceplate and an excellent first attempt on the bowl

-- Ray,Iowa

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#2 posted 251 days ago

Well done.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 250 days ago

Nice tool—tools I like it when people make things in the way of tools and jigs to help reach such outstanding results as your bowl. I made a holder for bottom finishing very similar but I used rubber stoppers with dry wall screws for the holders and not lost a bowl since. I use carbide tools from Capt. Eddie. Try him for cutters. Good pricing.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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footprints

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#4 posted 246 days ago

Great idea, poospleasures! A one hole rubber stopper typically used in high school chemistry class has the truncated cone shape that would really hold the bowl tightly – better than mine I suspect. It would eliminate the need for the hose clamp. I will retrofit mine and let you know how it turns out.

-- Ray, Phoenix, Maryland

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