|Forum topic by PurpLev||posted 05-16-2013 05:31 PM||1289 views||0 times favorited||45 replies|
05-16-2013 05:31 PM
I’ve been turning odds and ends on my metal lathe for quite some time now, but while it worked to some extent I was never too keen on doing so. the max speed is 1700rpm which is somewhat on the lower end for wood, and the machine and all the gears are properly oiled which attracts and captures wood dust like crazy, and I never liked positioning the hands to work near all the components of the lathe not to mention with my current setup I could not setup a tool rest close enough, or at the right height to properly position the cutter at the right angle or close enough to reduce chatter.
But all that is gone now as I came home with a Delta VS midi lathe which I have been waiting for the right sale to get one:
it’s a little dirty from a couple years worth of use, but otherwise seems operational and beefy. I have the extension table for it which I’m not sure I will be needing due to lack of space, but I still have time to figure that one out.
Now for the question -
I have a spur drive and a live center. up until now on my metal lathe I would either use a 4 jaw (metal) chuck, or a mandrel. I will probably use a mandrel for pen turning, but for small vessels/cups/bowls I was wondering – do you guys find that you use chucks or plates more? pros/cons or better yet – likes/dislikes?
trying to figure out if I should get a chuck (either Nova G3/Delta rebranded, or similar) or stick to plates. what say you?
Just found this and thought I’d share it – it’s a good source of documents RE turning and lathe work. good read:
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