|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 01-15-2013 05:09 AM||730 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-15-2013 05:09 AM
I have had a branding iron for about 2-years now. I bought it from Rockler. The branding iron plate is 2-1/4”-wide. I just got my first lathe and started turning on it yesterday. I decided to turn a bowl for my first project on the lathe. I also have a Supernova 2 chuck, so I decided to mount the bowl blank on the Woodworm screw for the initial turning. I have turned the outside of the bowl and plan to turn the inside of the bowl in the next couple of days. Instead of turning a spigot/tenon at the base of the bowl, I created a dovetail recess to mount the bowl on the chuck in expansion mode.
Teknatool recommends a 50-60mm/2-2.5-inch opening for the jaws to grip the work piece, emphasizing that the closer to 50mm/2-inches, the better. The recess I created is 2-1/16”. The way in which I shaped the bowl necessitates this size of opening. In addition, I’d like future openings to be similar in size so as to maximize the surface area gripped by the chuck, as per the Teknatool instructions.
My question is whether or not it makes any difference in operation of the branding iron, if I were to essentially take about 1/8” off of both the left and right sides of the iron, bringing the width down to 2-inches? In addition, I’d like to slightly round over the corners to enable the iron to fit into a circular recess that the chuck fits into, securing the work piece to the chuck, as I’d like to use the branding iron to sign/embellish the recess of future turned pieces.
Has anyone made a similar modification to a branding iron, or have any information on how the suggested modification would or would not change the performance of the branding iron?
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."