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Forum topic by mrg posted 12-16-2012 04:58 PM 1064 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2012 04:58 PM

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I finally am able to have time to use my new lathe. I am attempting to make a few pendants for Christmas and having issues. I have been able to turn two with success. I keep loosing the rest. I have tried hot glue, no success. Carpet tape, get them rounded and go to do the face and bye bye. I sneak up on them and gone.

I am using mahogany and capacha. Capacha is in the ipe family and actually turns pretty easy.

Any suggestions on the double stick tape would be great since that has worked for two. It may just be the brand I am using from the big box.

I have attached a photo of the wast block and two of the pedants that worked. These are just seeing how to pull it off.

Thanks in advance.

Sorry about the rotated picture.

-- mrg

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 06:33 PM

can’t you turn a spigot on the pendant and just grab it directly with your chuck? then when you’re done turning it part if off where you want it.

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 07:12 PM

I think I’d make a jam chuck
Use a worm gear clamp instead of the springs
Make it just deep enough to hold the piece.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 07:14 PM

I’ve used CA to glue the waste block and turning piece together. One the piece is completed, part it at the glue joint. Eventually you’ll have to replace the waste block as it gets too small to hold anything, but that’s why it’s a “waste” block.

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 12:21 AM

Back in ‘04 the usual method was a waste block glued on with a piece of brown paper in between. If you’re working both faces, you’ll have to do a bit of cleanup. Or you could get yourself a vacuum chuck !

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 12:39 AM

If you haven’t already found something-

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 01:17 AM

the carpet tape has no resiliency. as you turn the face the piece stress relieves and it separates form areas on the tape. check and see if the pieces that popped off are no longer flat where they were attached. you can get foam double stick tape that will overcome small variations in the surface but you may have to sand the leftover off because the sticky will stay on both surfaces and the tape will fail on parting in the foam body.

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#7 posted 12-20-2012 05:29 AM

Hey guys thanks for the replies. I think I have a solution to get a couple of these done. I saw a video of a guy using a waste block with a finishing nail as a pin and some tape and it looks like it may be just what I need to do. I just need to make a couple of these and have had no time with work this week.

Thanks for the links and different methods.

Happy holidays.

-- mrg

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