Firstly: does anyone know of a reasonable source for soapstone.. I have a project that's chewing at the back of my eyes that would benefit from some small (say 1" by 2") pieces.
Secondly: Anyone here turned this stuff? My plan was to use scrapers and go slow on the cutting, but any specific suggestions are certainly helpful.
I'll be turning "thimble shaped objects" (not actually thimbles, although I could hmm I bet grandma would LOVE a thimble..) anyway, I was thinking order of operations like:
- drill the inside under sized on the drill press
- jam chuck it on the just drilled hole to get it round but oversized on the outside
- flip it back over and ?chuck? it carefully (maybe another homemade jam chuck) to finish the inside
- finally flip back over, re-chuck it on a new jam chuck sized to the inside finish dimensions and finish turn the outside
The reasoning behind so many flips is to try to keep as much material supporting it at each step.