Need help, floating bottem on a VERY importent piece

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Forum topic by AnthonyD posted 03-08-2013 03:16 AM 872 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2013 03:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question purpleheart mahogany lathe miter saw sander clamp sanding finishing turning modern

Hello fellow jocks,

I am making a vessle for my father for his 60th birthday, he is sick with cancer and this gift is very important to me. I’ve only made a couple segmented turnings so I’m still learning how and in what order to do things. At this point (as you can see in the pictures) The whole thing is done, including the first coat of finish, exsept the bottom. I want to put in a floating bottom, but my problem is, how do i turn the bottom of the piece noow that it is the only side holding on the lathe. I back my self into a corner.

Like I said this gift means a lot to me and I need it to be as perfect as i can get it. Thank you in advance for all the tips.


PS – Does anyone have some advise on glueing up stacks of rings and getting the, dead on center? They keep moving and end up off and its driving me crazy!!! lol

thanks again

-- AJ DeSantis

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 02:05 PM

To glue rings on concentrically, you can use a frustum, which is a truncated cone. For lathes they are mounted to a morse taper. You can buy them or make them, depending on whether you have more time or money.

Here’s one commercial version showing it used to glue on a ring, among other uses:

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