Just thought I would post a little blog on how I mount a Live Edge Turning in order to finish off the bottom of the piece.
When starting your tun, you can use a turning plate or chuck to hold the bottom and turn the outside and inside. But when you want to finish off the piece, that live edge doesn’t give you anywhere to grip. I saw one of these mounts in the WoodTurnersCatalog.com Mine is a LOT cheesier design, but only cost penny’s to make.
Started with a scrap of wood, a bolt, nut, and washer. Added a no slip pad for friction.
Cut wood to a circle.(don’t have to be real accurate with this as you will turn it later) Drilled and countersunk bolt head, and mounted bolt.
Chucked the bolt up in the Jacobs Chuck and turned the disk to desired size. Needs to be big enough to give max. grip on bowl but not too big. Also tapered the edge to match (or close to) the taper on the inside of the bowl. After that I added the “No Slip Pad”, (mine is an old router pad)
It is now ready to use. I just chuck it in my Jacobs Chuck.
Put your work piece in place. The tapered edge will help you to get it centered.
Put the tail stock against the bottom of the piece tightly, with the live center, to hold it in place.
Notice I don’t have a “Cone Center”. I just made a cone out of wood and put it on the live center. As long as it is seated good you don’t get wobble.
Now you are ready to turn the bottom of your piece. I turn mine with a step at the edge, and a relief in the bottom. That way if there is any movement/warp later, it is only making contact with the table at the very edge and is easy to level with a little sandpaper.
Hope this help all of you who have been hesitant to try a live edge.
The main things to remember:
You need to make your disk small enough to hold your piece.
You need to make the entire jig long enough so your piece clears the head stock.
This is ONLY for light cleaning of the bottom. NOT FOR HEAVY DUTY TURNING.
Always use your tail stock to hold anything that is in the head sock with a moris taper. It WILL come loose!
Have lots of fun and try new things!
-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!