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Forum topic by Jeremymcon posted 09-24-2018 12:30 PM 1277 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeremymcon

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09-24-2018 12:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: turning pepper mill penn state industries psi

I’m am relatively new to turning, and would like to try to turn a pepper mill from this kit.

I am also planning to buy a lathe chuck because I would like to turn some bowls. The instructions for this kit say that it “requires” that I buy a pen mandrel and some bushings. Why? If I have a chuck, do I need the mandrel and bushings? Can I just turn the outside profile between centers, square the ends, and then mount the piece in a chuck to drill the holes I need? I’ll have to flip it in order to drill all the way through, but a chuck should keep it centered, right?

I’ve never state attempted anything like this before, so maybe I’m missing something that’s really obvious to someone who has, and I’d like to know before I order the kit and chuck without the mandrel and bushings.


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 01:47 PM

I’ve never used one of their kits but you are right, You can do this without the mandrel and bushings using a chuck. You may need a little longer blank though. In fact they assume you are going to drill the center out before mounting on the lathe with the bushings. If you do have to drill half way through on the lathe and turn it around, to keep it centered, you either need to turn it round first or chuck it from the inside with pin jaws, for example, so it can be centered for second drilling pass. You may want to look for an extension for the drill bit so you can drill in a single step.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Jeremymcon

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 01:58 PM

Yes I’m planning to buy an extension. I don’t have the chuck yet – can I drill all the way through and not hit the chuck on the way out? Maybe there is a void behind the workpiece? Interesting…

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 02:34 PM

If you chuck from the outside of the blank, you may be able to drill all the way through but I usually start with a little extra length and just cut or part it off after. With the chuck it helps to have a little extra length to keep the jaws from marring anyway.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 03:59 PM

When you start this, detail the outside at the bottom. Next, drill out the bottom to the required depth with the largest bit. If your jaws are large enough, reverse the blank and drill all the way through with the 1 1/16” bit. Drilling the large diameter first and reversing it will give you about 3/8’ clearance before contacting the jaws when you punch through the wood. ................ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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Jeremymcon

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 04:30 PM

Ah! That makes sense. Thanks nubsnstubs.

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