So I'm going to try to make one of Curt's birdhouses. Do I need to pay royalties on this one? Eventually, I hope they make good presents (I have a friend whose birthday is next month, and he'll be expecting a bowl, so I'll be wanting to throw him a curve ball...
Anyway, on to take one. Here's the log:
Here I am, about to cut it on the band saw:
Well, that worked, for once! Two nice pieces:
Now, to put on the face plate. Yes, you're right, those are pocket hole screws. They're the only kind that haven't broken yet.
And here's the first glitch. The blank face is not *exactly* square to the cylinder of the log. Solved the problem in a foolish way... backed the screws out an eighth of an inch, it gave just enough play to get the live center on the tailstock positioned:
Now my only goal is to turn a tenon, so the chuck can get a good grip. I'm also trying to turn away a little spalting on the very end, so the tenon's nice and solid
It worked, mostly. Backing off the screws made it wobble the tiniest bit, so there's just the barest hint of fuzz in some places on the end, but we're looking good to go:
At that point, Doorlink came out and said she had to go direct her choir, so it was back to babysitting. Oh well, James is more fun than any lathe... More tomorrow... in the meantime, Curt, if you have any further explanations or advice, or anyone else for that matter, I'd love to hear it...