Faceplate Cutoff Fixture Jig

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Faceplate Cutoff Fixture Jig free project
I turn almost all of my turnings glued to a faceplate. I usually part the turnings off the faceplate but I wanted to share a fixture that my friend Sonnie Sharrar uses to cut the faceplates off his bowls. The lathe fixture in the photos is a bit different than Sonnie, but I tend to turn larger bowls and this fixture can handle them.

All Wood Collet Lathe Check

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How to make a All Wood Collet Lathe Check
An earlier article in More Woodturning on turning wine stoppers got me thinking about collet chucks. I wondered if I could make one entirely out of wood. I thought this would be just an exercise to see if I could do it, but it surprised me with its usefulness. Although the All Wood Collet Chuck does not have the holding power and range of wooden jaws mounted in a scroll chuck, it does have adequate power for turning tops, wine stoppers, and the odd bit of dowel.