|Forum topic by Nubsnstubs||posted 11-14-2013 02:30 PM||1550 views||1 time favorited||13 replies|
11-14-2013 02:30 PM
I would like to thank those of you who commented on my live center with the wheels in the Longworth thread. Scotsman said, “Clever idea with the rollers if it works ok?” Well, Scotsman, it works exceptionally well, by cutting set up time to seconds compared to setting up a bunch of “rubber thingies” ( Rums description). Depending on how you want to set your form up for tenon removal, it’s just like starting a new turning between centers, but can have the tenon removed and the bottom sanded in about 5 minutes..
I also invented what I call a Chuck Plate. It’s been likened to the Elio drive and that Vermec thing. I can’t say whether Vermec is the same as I haven’t seen how it’s mounted to the lathe. I’ll say up front, ‘It’s nothing like either of those 2 tools.”
My Chuck Plate is 4 1/2” OD with 13 adjustable screws to hold a rough piece of wood between centers. The screws do not screw into the wood. They act like a spur, but since the screws are spread out to 3 1/2 od, you get better holding than with a spur. They also adjust to fit the contour of the wood. It is meant to be used between centers only.
This particular Chuck Plate is the first aluminum one I made. Notice the #1. Prior to that I made them out of wood, but with the metal Chuck Plates, there is more versatility in turning. You can see the outer ring of screws are removed on this one. I’ve dedicated this Chuck Plate to the tenon removal stage of my turnings. I made up a bunch of MDF plates and drilled holes to match up with the 5 screws.
Another method is to use a plug instead of the plate. That is usually a MDF round that fits onto the Chuck Plate, and is usually 2 thickness’s of 3/4” mdf. I double up because I contour the plug to kinda sorta match the inside contour of my form.
Every day I use the Chuck Plate and The Live Center Steady, I learn something new. The one thing I don’t experience any more is the fear of losing a finished form. I have lost a few, but they are usually wood that is so far gone, it should have been burned rather that trying to work it into an object of utility…..
-- Jerry (in Tucson)