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Journey into Woodturning #57: No chuck, faceplate, glue block or worm screw... make a plate on a lathe

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 05-14-2021 02:16 AM 1348 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Was asked if I could turn a plate between centers without a chuck, glue block, faceplate or worm screw. I thought about it for awhile an decided on a possible solution. I put it to the test and here is what I came up with.

Take a board, cut if round on the band saw. Drill a depression with a forstner bit lager then the width of the spur and attached the live center, bring the tail stock up to lock the wood tween centers. turn the outside edge to round. Move the tool rest to the inside between the wood and the live center side, get your initial flat surface confirmed, in case of wobble. Then carve from the forstner bit edge to the out rim making a concaved center.

Once the forstner bit depression is smoothed out and matching the concave wood, time to work the top of the plate. Move the too rest around and flatten off the top (could put a rim or concaved side here too). The issue you face at this point is your tail stock connection. A cone will allow you to get in closer and leave a small post or if you have a wide center, just means more work later.

Sand the wood except the centers and remove from the lathe. The tail stock will have a raised post area that will need to be removed. There are a few ways to accomplish this, but if nothing else simply sand it away to match the depth of the rest of the plate.

Here is a video on how I did my example: No chuck, face plate, glue block or worm screw

EDIT: I highly recommend NOT attempting this.

The risks are not worth the reward.

This is just a proof of concept and cannot be stressed enough, for the minimal amount of money a faceplate, glue block or chuck is the best approach.



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Phil32

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#1 posted 05-14-2021 03:05 AM

Working the backside of the plate from the spur center to edge would be difficult on many lathes. Since many lathes come with a simple faceplate (including the Harbor Freight ones), I see no nobility in this challenge.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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MovingChips

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#2 posted 05-14-2021 03:32 AM



Working the backside of the plate from the spur center to edge would be difficult on many lathes. Since many lathes come with a simple faceplate (including the Harbor Freight ones), I see no nobility in this challenge.

- Phil32

I agree completely.

I have no idea why anyone would want to do this. And I highly recommend it NOT be attempted. I wrote about this in the description of the video, but didn’t mention it here.

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