Hi Group, I'm starting to get back into woodturning and have a question
about face plates. I seem to remember from my junior high shop class (a
long,long time ago) that some of the face plates that were set up for
bowl turning had a piece of 3/4 plywood attached to them then a piece
of heavy paper glued on then the bowl blank was glued to that. My
question is was there any screws going into the bowl blank or is it
just held by the paper? BTW the lathe is an old Dunlap that I purchased
when I was in junior high and I've played with it off and on over the
years. I'm now retired and have more time and a real shop. Thanks, Jim
Just the paper, I believe.
It's there to keep the glue joint from being permanent.
I've done the same thing without the paper, but using mdf on the
faceplate. You can pry the mdf off and sand down to the bowl (or in my
case, a drum shell). I suppose I could've used paper, too, to make it
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Yep, just held by the paper. Glue_ both_ sides of the paper, one side
to the workpiece, the other side to a chunk of scrap that is screwed
to the faceplate. To separate, split the paper in two with a sharp
chisel. Caveat: Sometimes, noting the grain direction of your
workpiece when separating can help get a clean break. Tom
That's the way I learned to do faceplate turning too, and it does
i used scrap hardwood rather than MDF or plywood, just cause its
BUT...I wasted two years working with face plates instead of buying a
decent scroll chuck, and I regret it. The scroll chuck with a wood
worm screw is much more versitile, and lets me do all kinds of things
that a face plate didn't. (easy remounts, lidded bowls, adjusting
natural edge bowls for balanced appearance, remounting to polish wax
as some examples.)
I've launced a few bowls from glue block mountings, and from the
chuck--keeping them on the lathe is more a matter of how you cut than
the mounting method.
Yeah, a scroll chuck is expensive, but think of all the money you are
saving using the old lathe!
Agree on both points. MDF can come apart, and plywood will (unless
built up thickness of baltic birch) forever be out of balance.
I used metal face plates for a couple of years, then bought a VicMarc
scroll chuck. It literally changed everything about bowl/box style
turning. I started planning the turning projects around the chuck.
Then I bought more jaws... then I bought another chuck, too!
If you are reluctant to buy a chuck due to its price, check this out;
A lot of guys are using them, and with a quick tune up they seem to be
an excellent buy.
As always, just my 0.02
Tried that, but my lathe doesn't have a spindle lock. Couldn't get it
all the way on with one hand. And then when I turned it around and
tried to use a forstner the bit wasn't happy about the hole in the
center. Didn't go too well for me and the woodworm.
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