Donut chucks and cole jaws have both been around for a long time. I decided to combine them to make a new version of a donut chuck that centers the turning.
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.
A few years ago I came across an article from WoodTurning.com on something called the Longworth chuck and resolved to make one because the idea of a self-contained scrolling set of Cole jaws was just too appealing to resist. I finally got around to it, a…
This is a shop made hollowing system with a laser guide which I designed and built for my Jet mini lathe.
Making Handles and Chair Rung Tenons. Text by John Alexander and photos by Peter Follansbee. Viires, Woodworking in Estonia, illustrates a simple pole lathe erected on the end vise of a cabinetmakers bench. It has one substantial limitation.
The following document describes my version of a spring pole lathe that I use to turn chair parts, stool legs, dowel pins, tool handles and other items.
I wanted a portable lathe (which flywheel lathes traditionally are not) and used a minimum of modern fasteners. Simple lap joints and wooden bolts provide a somewhat less rigid frame, but it is lightweight and easily knocks down flat for storage or transportation.
I find it very inconvenient to try to carve from a canvas chisel roll, because I can not see the shapes of the tools. Also, the rolls take up an immense amount of real estate when spread out on the workbench, and the sharp gouges quickly cut them to shreds. I finally did something about it. I built this portable, modular carving tool till.
In order to make room in my small shop for a wood lathe that I recently purchased, I had to get rid of an extra workbench. While I did not use the bench all that much, I really missed the machinists vise that was mounted on it. But then it dawned on me that I could still use the machinist vise by simply mounting it to the tailstock end of the lathe.