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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 08:34 AM

Also when you have the tools like that where you can attach inserts, you can also make custom shapes (Like if you were going to make a chess set and needed a bunch of identical parts.)

I suggest putting a ferrule around the handle when you mount the holders to the handle. I just go down the plumbing aisle and pick up nuts for brass compression fittings. They just thread right onto the wood and then you can get fancy and turn them round if you like. You can also use copper pipe fittings. You can do it with ferrous fittings but it introduces side effects you don’t want to deal with until you get more experience (think long spinning razor blades)

Another nice addition is a chuck or collet holder that threads onto the headstock. Then you can do things like put the tool holder into a piece of wood, stick it through the spindle and turn the handle with it attached to the holder already. A tap that matches your spindle is another great addition. Then you can just screw things onto the spindle directly to turn them and doesn’t have the spinny bits that go whack when you hit them with the tools like chucks do. :)

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