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    raft of stupid questions!

    Hey, folks,

    HELP! I'm adrift, and being swallowed into the whirlpool! If I make one more bowl, I'm going to end up 20,000 leagues under the sea, Doorlink will make sure of that!

    To charm her into acquiescence, I need to make cathedral cabinet doors for her kitchen. I tried making a template for one, but it wasn't good enough, so it looks like I'll be ordering some. Do you have a preferred vendor for this kind of thing? I know woodcraft and rocklersell them for around 60 bucks, but I'd rather throw money to a small vendor, if they have good stuff. Any ideas?

    Also, I clearly need a drill chuck for the tailstock of the lathe. It takes an MT2. Someone said to get a jacobs chuck, but it turns out that's a company, not a standard. Any thoughts on where to get one? CHEAP?

    Last... my son's graduating from college with a degree in music. I ordered a guitar kit. It's arrived. I can figure out how to assemble it, no prob. But the first step is finishing the body. Now, I usually use a mix of 1/3 each BLO, poly, and Naptha. Lately, I've been using shellac on spinny things, with an overlay of bowling alley wax. Not sure either would work very well on a guitar base. Please, please send advice on a good (and fast... he graduates next week) finish which will preserve the incredible beauty of the quilted maple!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    First question, I don't have any suggestions.

    Second question, I like The Little Machine Shop. Good prices. They've got drill chucks like you want on this page.

    Third question, I'm guessing it's a solid body electric guitar. Shellac would not be a good finish at all for a guitar. The poly/BLO mix might be OK, but personally, I'd use lacquer. Lots of layers and lots of hand rubbing. More importantly, I wouldn't try to do a rush job on it. This guitar will have a lot of meaning to your son for a lot of years, so it'd be a shame to do a quickie job on it. Gift wrap a guitar pick and tell your son the guitar that goes with it will be done soon.
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    Jacobs chuck

    Bill, you should be able to walk into Woodcraft or any place that sells lathes and accessories and get a Jacobs chuck. It's a chuck that is similar to a drill chuck - uses a chuck key to tighten the bit or mandrel in it. They'll be available through Craft Supplies - http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/ and I know they are available at Woodworker's Supply, as that's where LOML got mine.

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    Always made my own doors. Never bought any from a vendor, so can't recommend. [ I have 71 oak doors I'm trying to get done now]

    But------------Jim Hagar, a member here, builds doors on the weekends after teaching school. Maybe pm him.

    I bought my lathe chuck from Pennstate.

    No help on the guitar finish

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    it's a pain in the fanny but my drill press jacobs chuck fits my tailstock so i knock it out and move it back and forth...a delta drill press with #2 taper.
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    Vaughn,

    Thanks for the link. Sadly, not finishing on time is NOT an option. What you say makes perfect sense, but I just need to find the best available means given that limitation. The wood is gorgeous, if I can preserve the chatoyance...

    Nancy, in a rational world, I *could* walk into any woodcraft and find one. But this is not a rational world, this is DC, and they ain't got one in the local woodcraft. I'll try your vendor.

    Steve, I don't want the doors, just the templates. I'm wondering, though, if any bought template will match the existing doors, Maybe I'll have to do a lot of trial and error in sycamore before breaking out the wormy red maple...

    Clark, I would dearly love to knock my trashy drill press apart, but I just know that as soon as I did that, I'd need to drill *one* durned hole in something!

    I was under the perhaps mistaken impression we had some woodworking supply vendors here. I'd be nice to keep my business inside the family...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Ok. I thought you were talking doors

    I have four different styles of arched templates.
    Send me a sketch, and your door width.
    If I have what you need, I can trace one on paper and send it to you.
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    I purchased (and successfully used ) a set of arched templates from MLCS -- not exactly a mom and pop type store, but if I recall correctly, competively priced. The first thing I did though was to make a duplicate set of templates out out 1/4 masonite.

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    Bill, LOML works at Woodworker's Supply - I'm PMing you with his direct phone number. He can surely help you.

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    Bill,

    Have you already bought/ordered your Jacobs chuck with the #2 Morse Taper? If not, are you looking for a regular "keyed" chuck or a "keyless" one?

    About a year ago I replaced the 3/8" keyed chuck (that happened to come with my used Shopsmith) with a 1/2" keyless chuck. It made quite a difference in convenience and capacity as well as "heft" on my Delta midi lathe.



    If you're interested in that kind of chuck, here are a few links I scrounged up:

    1. Ebay: 3/4" chuck, choose your shank taper, "Buy It Now" price of $24.90 + shipping + $2
    2. Duplicate of item 1 from the same seller, for $.05 more
    3. Ebay: 1/2" keyless chuck with MT2 drawbar (hollow, threaded) arbor : Buy It Now price of $32 + $8.95 shipping
    4. Duplicate of item 3 from the same seller


    You asked for a cheap source ... those are about the cheapest I could find. Compare with the Craft Supplies USA offering at $54.99 + shipping.

    BTW ... my chuck came with a hollow, threaded arbor already attached. I don't have any experience with a "choose your own arbor" setup like in those first 2 auctions.

    PS: If it's a no-no to mention Ebay auctions on the forum, please forgive me; I'm new here!

    [LATER] Correction: They're BOTH 1/2" chucks ... I just checked. Here's a different comparison picture I took at the same time:

    Last edited by Kerry Burton; 05-09-2007 at 06:20 AM. Reason: Added "Correction" and extra comparison photo

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