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Forum topic by BobBlarney posted 03-31-2017 01:18 PM 293 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2017 01:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe facework woodturning jig fixture layout turning tip

Hello, this fixture is handy for quickly marking facework, especially for duplicates of plates & platters. It can be used with the precision steel rule as shown, or a piece of tape can be laid on with specified layout marks.

The fixture registers in the gap between the ways, and to make a snug fit, I cut a strip the width of the gap, and then cut the strip diagonally to make parallel wedges. Then I put glue on one edge wedged them snugly in the gap until the glue cured, and then trimmed the sharp ends.

A small platform was glued on top and then the sloped pieces were glued & pinned on. The angle on the scale slope is 30 degrees, but you can choose any angle that makes it easy to see the rule. A length of magnetic tape was glued to the edge of the transverse piece, and then the fixture was placed on the ways, and the lathe’s axis marked on the magnetic strip and a reference centerline was scribed on the sides. For this particular fixture I also accounted for the thickness of the steel rule when locating ‘zero’, and it may be good insurance to tape the rule in place to prevent displacement.

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 01:53 PM

Here’s a pic in use. Hold the pencil so that the graduations are clearly visible and that the thrust against the pencil point is resisted. (the picture was turned on its side by the uploader.)

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