Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
I kinda do things a little different. I cut my planks on the TS usually 2x2x4. I have a Nova chuck mounted on the lathe, so I just open the jaws and clamp down on the square (the 4 corners are between the jaws). Then I face the end along with cutting a small recess in it to except the stopper. This also leaves a witness mark as to where the center is. Then I reposition and turn the stopper. I'll cut a relief on the back side to alow me to finish turn the top or back side leaving a 1/4" dia. I'll sand and when satisfied I'll do the final part-off. I'll then go to the DP and drill the "O" size hole. Sometimes I'll thread it onto the stopper, and sometimes I've gone back to the lathe and turned a little more detail on the top or do a little more sanding.
"Dear Lord, lest I continue in my complacent ways, help me to remember that someone died for me today. And if there be war, help me to remember to ask and to answer, 'Am I worth dying for?'"