|Forum topic by gurnie||posted 891 days ago||2168 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
891 days ago
So i picked up dick sing’s book on turning minature bird houses. before getting any further than that I must say i don not own a chuck – I have been using my bottle stopper chuck / mandrel from psi industries to turn my bird houses. So getting a chuck might be the solution to my issues.
So i get the main bird house shape just fine – getting to page 9 is no problem for me. I can hallow the house and i can turn the oval-ish shape. But it’s the last step on page 9 is where i get into trouble. the last picture shows him using a wooden madrel he made that fits into his headstock chuck. instead of having a mandrel i have a 2-3” long piece of 3/4” oak dowel that I have drilled a 7/16 hole to accomidate fitting onto my bottle stopper chuck. i screw that oak down onto the chuck, place that wooden house over the dowel and begin to clean the bottom of my bird house. because i am cleaning the bottom the end is not being supported by the tail stock, and i’ve had issues that include exploding bird houses, houses flying off the mandrel, and dowels that would crack and then the piece rattles around. i see on page ten dick attaches a piece of maple to get a cleaner bottom but I can’t even do that unless i clean the bottom of the house first. I think a lot of my issues stem from not being able to attach the tailstock to the bottom of the house to clean it. either way out of several attempts of turning with myrtle wood (which i heard was a good wood to turn with but I am disliking it) i’ve only created one ugly unsanded house (this one wasn’t even hollowed because i was trying to figure out if the hollowing was my issue):
so i can’t get that bottom clean. I’m pretty good at making the top of the house, but the issue lies in when you’re cutting the roof off the mandrel – I have tried to finish the roof at that point because I don’t have a way of holding the roof in place. how are you guys mounting the roof in order for the top of the roof to be turned / sanded / finished?
i will say this is much harder than it looks. I also wonder if part of my problem is I used myrtlewood to play around with. i find because it’s soft it becomes loose on the bottle stopper chuck and then it won’t stick on the chuck well.
thanks for your help!!!!