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Forum topic by Kreegan posted 12-18-2012 09:43 PM 2268 views 13 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2012 09:43 PM

This is the most comprehensive video I’ve ever seen of the different ways to hold wood on a lathe. It’s long, close to an hour and a half, but well worth watching, particularly for newer turners like myself. Enjoy!


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#1 posted 12-19-2012 01:54 AM

I am subscribed to these guys and have been watching there stuff a long time. Good video, thanks for posting.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 02:05 AM

I’ll watch this a little later. I am looking for turning videos so I can learn basics and then practice, practice, practice. I turned a rolling pin without any experience and I’m looking forward to getting good enough to make projects worthy of posting on LJs. Thanks for posting the video.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 05:04 AM

Don anything you turn or make out of wood is worth posting here

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 05:18 AM

@Kreegan—I got to watch the video tonight. I was very thorough. I only wished he had spent a little more time running the lathe and showing some roughing, making some coves, etc. Video was well done.

@Rustic—I actually did post that rolling pin, but since it was turned out of VERY green wood (oak, same day of cutting), it has a large check in one side of the pin. I will probably cut it in half along its axis to use as a key rack. As for turning, it was very fun but I know I was very tight while turning—I was scared to grab an edge. I’m sure I’ll get looser as I gain confidence.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 03:52 PM

This is some great information. I only wish I had seen it last week. I had a piece blow off the lathe on me destroying the item. Thankfully nothing else was hurt, especially me. The tips here will make it much easier for me to accomplish my items.
Thank you

-- Granny Moon Graphics - Patrick O'Rourke, South Carolina

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 04:26 PM

Some great tips there Rich. Thanks for posting…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 05:58 PM

This was very informative. I was surprised how fast the 1.5 hours went.
Lots of great ideas for chucking different projects. I learned quite a bit
Thanks for posting the video

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 08:12 PM

Dan, if you’re looking for a good turning instruction video, I’d suggest the DVD “The new turning wood with Richard Raffan.” It’s very good for learning things like beads and coves and such. I found it at my local library, so you might check there. I like Raffan’s turning instructions so much that I bought that DVD and 3 of his books. On Youtube, you might search for Carl Jacobson, Jake Gevorgian or Bob Hamilton. They make very informative videos as well.

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#9 posted 12-20-2012 12:02 AM

A couple things I am not familiar with. I have never preset or knocked in a center prior to mounting a peice on the lathe. I have an OLD lathe 1949. I have always used the tailstock screw pressure to set the center. What purpose does preseating serve? second is the Steb center. if the center is set so lightly as to allow the wood to spin free how can you cut material. if you stop the material as he did early in the vid wont the tips tear out and eventually become ineffective as the wood fibers build up in the teeth. Mt DL is slow so it took 40 mins to get through the first 15 minutes.

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#10 posted 12-20-2012 12:52 AM

@Kreegan—I’ll take a look at those resources you mentioned. Good idea to check out the local library for the video too.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#11 posted 12-20-2012 01:06 AM

REO, I don’t know about your lathe, but mine will not provide enough pressure from the tailstock to firmly seat a drive center in a piece. It hits a certain point and then cranking down anymore just pushes the tailstock back. Using a pilot hole or mallet helps to seat it more firmly. On steb centers, it will only stop spinning if you have a pretty heavy catch, the sort that would cause the piece to fly off.

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#12 posted 12-20-2012 01:10 AM

ahh never had that trouble. In the vid it showed him stopping it with his hand for inspection while the lathe was running

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#13 posted 12-20-2012 03:00 AM

Yeah I don’t really know why he did that. I’ve never done that with a steb center and never seen anyone do it in the videos I’ve watched. Most people feel the piece with their hand or stop the lathe and look at it. I got a steb center because I felt like it held better and did less damage, less deeply than a spur center. I still use both of them.

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#14 posted 12-20-2012 03:02 AM

pretty good stuff. almost as long as a movie, watched it all. thanks for posting.

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#15 posted 12-20-2012 03:05 AM

I taught high school woodworking and cabinetmaking for 35 years and I have seen a lot of films on woodworking and turning. That said this video is extremely well done in covering so very many options in chucking our work securely. I would have loved to had this video available while teaching, I have been retire now 7 yrs. I do miss those kids and seeing the light turn on when they understand a new challenge.

-- Bruce, Upstate New York

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