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    Faceplate Vs Bowl Size

    What is the rule of thumb regarding the faceplate size against the bowl size?

    Would a 45mm faceplate safely turn a 8" bowl?

    Also what limits would suit a 1.1/4" screw chuck fitted with a " wood screw?

    Thanks

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    Both my faceplates are 3 inches in diameter. I glue (titebond II) two 3/4 inch pieces of hard, non oily wood like cherry together. I then bandsaw them round about 1/2 inch bigger then the faceplate. then I screw the cherry to the faceplate, put on lathe and turn it close to faceplate size. Then I glue whatever bowl blank, or segmented bowl to the cherry with (Titebond II) turn the bowl and then part it off the cherry block when done. When you part it off you can waste the cherry glue block saving the bowl blank. Then you true up the cherry and it is ready to go for next one. I have turned bowls as large as 12 inches in diameter with this method. Remember this is only for dry wood with a smooth glue joint. Never glue on green wood. Green wood should only be put in a chuck or turned between centers.

    If I was going to do a large diameter, very tall vessel I think I would use a larger faceplate, but for bowls and short items the 3 inch works fine. Also if you were to do tall vessels you would want to use a steady rest

    The worm screw should hold whatever piece the lathe will handle. I say this because you should ALWAYS have the tail stock touching the wood when using the worm screw. Think of the worm screw as you would the regular drive center.


    Always bring your tail stock up to wood whenever you can no matter how you chuck it up on the lathe. Also never do anything on the lathe you are not comfortable doing.

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    I hope this all made sense.

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    Some good advice there mate, thanks for that.

    Also never do anything on the lathe you are not comfortable doing.
    If i was to take notice of this bit thou i would be sat in my armchair all day.

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    I was looking through a old Vicmarc cattle dog when I saw these photos.
    Looking at the faceplate in relation to the headstock and chuck in the pic I am guessing it is 6"






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    Thats an amazing picture mate, the old guy did well to mount it

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    I would say your 45mm is okay for an 8in bowl but any bigger bowl go for the next size up.
    As a rough rule of thumb I go for a max of 1/4 to 1/3 to the bowl size if that makes sense.
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