ideas on how to hold a ring on lathe for CA finish

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Forum topic by glen posted 01-08-2012 02:31 AM 2777 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2012 02:31 AM

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Hi All -

i’ve been making a few ring shaped objects (bracelet, rings) on my lathe. To do the rings, I made a tapered mandrel and have been been just pressure fitting the rings on to shape them. I’ve tried experimenting with CA finish, with varying success, but I have a fairly consistent problem – gluing the rings to the mandrel!

Does anyone have any suggestions for another way of holding the ring on the lathe while I finish it? All ideas are welcome… So far, I’ve been thinking of a 3-prong wire grip that would hold the ring from the inside.

Thanks so much


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#1 posted 01-08-2012 02:48 AM

Get yourself some spray silicon. I believe that will solve your problem????

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 03:08 AM

Rap a piece of wax paper on your mandrel and slip your ring over it to hold the paper down, should work on just about any finish you plan to use.

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 06:24 AM

The problem with using most anything that will prevent the CA from making the bond to the mandrel is that it would also take away from the friction fit. Be careful using a device that holds by pressing out because on small objects they can easily break. Compressing from the outside is better as it will be compressing the ring against itself. The best way would be a scroll chuck and flat plate with rubber holders. You could finish one half and then turn it around to do the other half. But you may not have such a tool.

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 07:10 PM

Thanks for the replies lizardhead, lukcon, DAllen… I agree, DAllen, that compressing from the outside would be great, and I do have a scroll chuck so I could probably fashion something. The only thing would be the potential of gluing the ring then to the holder, as they are not that wide, and trying to only finish 1/2 of something pretty narrow would be difficult.

I think I’ll try the wax paper – I should still be able to get a good friction fit for the application (it just needs to be snug, I probably won’t do the sanding with the wax paper in place). Then, I guess, I’ll just have to tear and sand the wax paper off the ring. I’m not sure if the silicon will work, but I’ll give it a shot too. I’d worry that it would provide too permanent of a slippery surface to the mandrel.

Thanks for the ideas guys… off to the shop!

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