Wood threading kit in place of a chuck?
I have a little benchtop lathe, and I have used it in combination with a jacob's chuck to try to turn shaker knobs. It has worked ok, but I find that the jacob's chuck doesn't hold the stem that I turn very well, so it's been a struggle.
I want to buy a proper chuck eventually, but they're spendy, and I have a baby on the way, so it's not a good time. What I do have already are a couple of those plate things that thread onto the lathe that I can screw stuff to, and a 3/4" wood threading kit.
I want to make the shaker knobs with threaded stems anyway because it's neat and the shakers actually did that from what I understand. So I'm thinking I'll just turn a tenon and thread it with the kit, then turn the handle into threaded hole in a block mounted on the plate. Then turn the knob, and twist it out when I'm done.
This should work right? If not, why?