Alright, so I promised my wife that I would make some buttons on my lathe for a poncho she is crocheting for her sister for Christmas. First I’ll tell you what I tried to do and then hopefully someone can give me some advice on how to do it better.
So I bought two 3/4” x 3/4” x 6” ebony pen blanks from my local Lee Valley. I epoxied them together and then cut them into a 1 1/2” square. I then cut that square in half so I had two 1 1/2” squares that were 3/8” of an inch thick. Next I took a 2×4 and cut it so I had a square piece of wood. I marked the centre on one side and glued my button blank on the centre and then marked the centre on the other side of the 2×4 and screwed it to my faceplate. Turns out my centres didn’t line up perfectly so now the button is going to be a lot smaller than originally planned. I need it to stay just as large as I can. Ideally, I would turn it so it is just round and then stop.
Any ideas for mounting this so I can maximize the blank? I do not have a chuck so if you can limit ideas so things I can do with a faceplate or a spur that would be great. Thanks for any help.