OK, I've done a lot of turning, but nothing that needed to be drilled.
I volunteered to make a replacement handle for an antique cider press. It
will be cylindrical, ergonomically shaped, about 1.5 inches in diameter and
about 5 inches long. PROBLEM, I need to drill a 3/8" hole the full length.
What would be the best sequence of operation? My stock is 2" square and
normally I would just put it in the lathe and turn it. I could stop, while
it is a perfect cylinder (not yet contoured) and put it in my metal lathe to
drill/bore the length. BUT back at the wood lathe my spur would still pick
up the headstock end, but the tailstock would have nothing (a hole) to ride
Suggestions heartily solicited.
Well, you can get a cone-shaped live tail center. This pointy thing
fits inside the drilled out hole ini your stock.
Woodcraft has one for $15
I'm not sure if it's large enough. Larger ones may go for $40.
Harbor freight has one for $20.
You might be able to make your own since you have a lathe. Does the
point of your live center come out? Turn your own and put it in.
First drill a hole for a dowel, and glue. Chuck the dowel and turn a
cone. A drill chuck from Harbor Freight is $10, and very useful
You can also do the drilling on the lathe. You use a lamp auger, and
matching hollow center to go with your lathe. Trouble is, this costs
$60+$10. The drill length is 36". I think Harbor Freight has some
long augers for a lower price. I never tried it.
You can also split the wood in half, use a router w/ core box bit,
reglue and shape.
I think the first option is the best (lowest cost).
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Drill the hole FIRST, else the hole will not be perfectly centered.
Drill, tap a 3/8" dowel into the hole, turn, remove the dowel. You
may or may not need the dowel depending on what attachments you have
available for the tail. You could hold the dowel with a Jacobs chuck
fit into the head or tail.
I did a set of handles with a "through" hole.. I found that the easiest way was
to drill the stock first, then use the drill chuck in the headstock and chuck a
3/8" piece of threaded ron in it and use it for a "mandrel" with a washer and
lock nut on each end of the handles...
Another simple way to hold it is with friction, which is a lot safer....
Drill the stock first... always easier to keep true that way..
Turn a taper on 2 short pieces of 1/2" or 5/8" dowel, stick in both ends and
turn between centers, using the pressure between the centers to hold the tapers
in the hole..
As Lobby mentioned, check out rec.crafts.woodturning
It's a great group, most of whom also hang out here at the wRECk..
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