|Forum topic by RussellAP||posted 254 days ago||899 views||1 time favorited||36 replies|
254 days ago
Lest anyone think this subject deserves a better turner to write it, I agree. I’ve only been at it since November.
It takes about 3 months to understand that creating a good wood turning is 50% learning how to chuck wood, 35% sharpening, drying and finishing, 15% actual skill in turning.
If you don’t know how to hold your wood, you’re going to get hurt and most of what you turn isn’t going to come out right. The pen guys have it easy, but still, most chucks haven’t been made for pen turners and people have had to improvise.
I watch Capt Eddie, he has a video I think it’s #159, where he explains how to chuck a finial. You have to buy some stuff, but 30 – 40$ should be all.
You’ll need one of these colletts, I got a 3/8 and a 7/16. http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=4314&category= They have a number 2 Morse Taper. You just need one of those long 3/8 screw draw bar to use as a closer. I turned a handle for mine. The collet goes into the drive side of the lathe and you insert the closer from the left of the drive chuck and tighten it. It holds a piece of finial really well. Of course its always safe to turn between centers, so I use my drill chuck with a socket extension so as not to damage the wood.
Chucks will make you go broke, so shop around. Capt Eddie has some great buys on his page and he makes reference to other tools that are a steal for steel, git it.
For those of you thinking about getting into lathing, it’s more expensive than you will ever know. Make friends with someone who has a machine shop.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.