Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Fixings and blank size

MikeinCapeMay
>This is for those that turn objects larger than say 14". Is there an approximate blank size where you depart from using a chuck and stick exclusively to using a faceplate for both the outside and inside?

Until recently I was restricted in the size of turnings that I could make, both by the lathe and available wood. Now my current lathe will swing 24" and I have some quite large logs including a 27" walnut. I'm in the process of roughing a 22" walnut piece. It's mounted on a 6" faceplate and I'm doing the outside. My thought is to use a 6" waste block and mount the faceplate to that, to hog out the interior. Somehow I can't see roughing out that interior while that hunk of wood is spinning in the jaws of my Axminster, even with the tailstock.

Thoughts?
Thanks!

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