A few weeks ago I was contacted by a couple to help price the lady's brother's shop. At the end of the day they asked if I was interested in the bowl lathe. It's a home made piece of equipment that is one heavy hunk of metal. I'm going to enjoy this piece very much.
My question has to do with face plates. Since this lathe is a dedicated bowl lathe, I'm have to start most everything on a face plate. I have a 2" that will fit on it. Is there a rule of thumb for the size face plate/blank? The lathe has a 24" swing and I will be turning bowls, hollow forms, and maybe a hat or two. 4"? 6"? What does the rule of thumb say? What do you suggest?