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#1 posted 11-15-2013 02:16 AM

Thanks for the replies, Guys.
Joe, I live between the 2 casinos on Valencia Road….... send me a pm with a phone number. I can’t imagine you live 2 hours south when the border is only 1 hour away. you probably live in Arivaca or nearby, and still using horses for travel. hehehe
Here is a picture of one of my turnings. I gave it to my sister last year, and while visiting her again 2 weeks ago, she saw another she liked, so I traded for this as I really like it. It’sa Palo Verde natural edge hollow form, 5 7/8” od and 3 7/8” tall with just over 1/8” walls. You’ll notice that a vaccum chuck wouldn’t have helped…..

Rum, if you look at pictures 4 and 6, you should notice the wheel ring protruding on either end of the live center shell. It’s threaded at 16 tpi, so each turn will give you 1/16” adjustment. Total adjustment on the shell is 1 1/2”+ and the wheel struts allow 1” travel. Also notice the position of the wheels angling away from the shell body. The full width of the wheels at the most extended adjustment will give about 3 1/2” between wheels. If you remove the wheels, and spin off the ring and insert it from the opposit end, reinstall the wheels, that causes them to angle towards the center line, giving you a diameter of just under 2”.
I had a sheet of 3/4” MDF, and made plates from 11 3/4” decreasing in size by a 1/4” until I got to 4”. I will reuse the plates until they are turned down to 4”.
Depending on whether the plate will be used as a rim plate or a plug, I start with a plate at least 1/4” larger in od for rim fit, and with a plug, I use a plate no smaller than 1/4” of the ID. I also use that drawer liner as a non slip aid while turning.
Another note. This is not just a tool for removing tenons. It’s a fully functional live center. I usually loosen the wheels and rotate them 90° out of the way, or 180°, pointing backwards. I’ll shape my turning using the live center while appropriate, then remove it to finish all the hogging out, sanding and then get it ready to remove the tenon.
Bill WW, I’ve done one demo at my local club. It was a disaster…. I went in with a plan, deviated, and it went downhill from there…. Every form I turned or removed a tenon during the demo was successful, but I lost track of what I wanted to convey… Actually, it was a good demo, but unorganized.

Is there a way on this site for me to post my own personal videos??? I think it would be better for me to go that route than uploading to youtube, then loading a url here…. .... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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