Turning Archive 2004
Wally Dickerman at Green Valley, Az.
>I have a method for securing to the lathe an endgrain blank that is too soft to use a chuck, or to use a faceplate and even long screws.
Using a blank that is 11 inches long and 6 inches in diameter, I turned the outside between centers, and I trued up the bottom to use a 4 inch faceplate. I made a mark 1/2 inch from the end for each of the 6 screws. Using my drillpress and a V-block, I drilled 1/2 inch holes 1 inch deep and glued in hardwood dowels. Using 1 inch screws I installed the faceplate. The screws are screwed into the dowels, and are very secure. I've been using this method successfully for many years.
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