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post #1 of 5 Old 02-21-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Magical levitating maple

Hey all turned some plane jane ol maple today. Also got my hollowing tool back from sorby as well as my very first chuck! Went with the Supernova 2 but have not gotten the occasion to use it yet. Which brings me to a question. So, say youve got a piece of maple 14 inches tall by about 6-8 inches round. It is still out of balance, fresh off the chainsaw. The wood is wet as scuba divers sweat and you want to put the chuck on it. But first youve got to make a tennon. You like the fact that you dont have to sink 4 screws 1 1/2 inches into the wood so you throw it up held between centers thinking your gonna create a tennon this way. You quickly find out this is not the case. Because the wood is so wet the headstock spur just keeps on ripping farther and farther into the wood and rips making the wood stop every time you try to turn it! How do you solve this problem? You dont want to let the wood dry and you dont want to sink screws into it. How would you all mount this piece? If its not possible without a faceplate I get it but if it is Id love to know how you all do it. Anyway with no further blather here's some plane jane maple. Thinking about doing a lot of this kind of form. Really enjoyed the challenge of getting all the way up under it. Happy turnin all,
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I dont know if you tried this but you could take your spur center of the lathe and pound it into the wood the spurs really dig into the wood. Try sharpening the spurs on the grinder. I have to do this every now and then because they round over.
One other thing that might work but im doughtful of it is to hot glue a piece of scrap wood on to like you wood with a bowl.
Really crank on the tail stock ram so its super tight.
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Here are several ideas for you.

I use the steb drive in my chuck for almost everything. If that slips too much, then I go to the screw chuck.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Hey Bond -- what kind of spur center do you have?

The standard "cross shape with a point in the middle" did that to me too, so I got a "two-prong" drive center that makes it much easier to hammer into the wood (since it goes in with the grain).

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-21-2012, 07:23 PM
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i dont have a solution.i always use a small faceplate and screws.
man that piece is great anyway
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