Turning Archive 2007
Garrett in Victoria BC
>The recent Lee Valley mailer had an ad for a 1 1/4" tap to make wooden face plates and specialty chucks. Having now received and tried one, I can say that it works very well. Sharp clean threads were easily made in a maple block.
However, the fit to the spindle is quite snug - much better than slack! - so a couple of tips: make a plastic 'washer' to fit between the spindle shoulder and the faceplate to avoid a real jam, and have a strap wrench handy to unscrew the faceplate if you cannot do so by hand.