|Forum topic by dpoisson||posted 12-21-2011 11:00 PM||4768 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-21-2011 11:00 PM
Howdy fellow LJ’s, So, being the frugal person that I am, I (foolessly?) figured that I could forgo buying a 100$’ish (at which point, it will cost more than the lathe itself) collet chuck and instead purchase a Beall tap for 18$ to make a hardwood version of a collet chuck. I also wanted to make mandrels that can screw into my lathe for use when turning game calls.
Unfortunately, nothing on lee valley’s website said anything about grain orientation and use of the Beall tap. Having now read those instructions, it would seem that using the tap on end-grain is a big no-no.
With this in mind, turning a spindle a 6” long piece of wood (about 1” long by 1 3/4” thick for the tap area, 1” long cone to go from 1 3/4 to 5/8th (I don’t recall the exact size of the hole in calls) and about 4” long rod with an o-ring or two to keep the call in place) can’t really be done anymore: Can’t it??
It would seem that what I originally wanted to do seems pretty hard to accomplish now. If not impossible.
Is there something I-am missing? I am still fairly new to turning…so I was hoping someone to give me a quick way to getting this done.