Turning For Beginners
Turning for beginners is article about Magazine bookmarked by willard with ID 12416503857 was uploaded on 07-03-2019 and has been viewed 30,200 times.
Mounting a Blank There are a number of ways to mount a turning blank on a lathe.I'll show you three of the most common.The one you choose will depend on what you're turning.I have purposely left out lathe chucks, because the instructions that come with most chucks are thorough and easy to follow.
Turning Between CentersThis technique is also called 'spindle turning'.Begin my marking and punching a small hole in the center of both ends of the blank.Remove the spur center from the lathe and line it up with the punch mark on one end.
Use a wooden mallet or soft metal hammer (brass or copper) to drive the spur in until it is firmly seated in the blank.Extend the tailstock spindle about 1".Now mount the spur center with the blank and move the tailstock in place, lining up the tail center with the second punch mark.
Lock the tailstock in place and adjust it to exert moderate pressure on the blank.Don't force the tailstock spindle hard against the blank.Extending the tailstock spindle as little as possible will help reduce vibration.
However, some situations require the tailstock center to extend more than usual....