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    Faceplates

    Looking at a bunch of your guys' pics on here and your pages, I've noticed some of you have some smaller faceplates (about 2inch) that have like 8 screw holes. I was just wondering if anyone knew where I could order faceplates that size?

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    Try Craft Supplies a/k/a CS http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/cg...?page_number=1

    Order their catalog, known as the Woodturners Catalog. This is one of the most popular sources for many woodturning/carving items and projects.

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    Rockler also carries some smaller ones. They are aluminum and I believe made by Don Pencil. Either place will treat you right.

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    I rarely use faceplates any more. I like to use face plate rings like this:

    http://www.teknatool.com/products/Ch.../Faceplate.htm

    With faceplate ring, I can reverse turn without removing the faceplate immediately. I can still use the tailstock for support. I can flip the blank back and forth to refine the shape without any run out problem. As a bonus, I can leave the chuck on the lathe all the time. Sometimes flipping the blank gives you easier access.
    Gordon

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    You can buy them directly from Don.

    http://donpencil.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Madha View Post
    You can buy them directly from Don.

    http://donpencil.com/
    And don't forget to check the "Seconds and Blems" link at the top of the page. That's where I've gotten all my faceplates, plus my Stinger hollowing bars. (I use them on the Monster rig for smaller stuff.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Seto View Post
    I rarely use faceplates any more. I like to use face plate rings like this:

    http://www.teknatool.com/products/Ch.../Faceplate.htm

    With faceplate ring, I can reverse turn without removing the faceplate immediately. I can still use the tailstock for support. I can flip the blank back and forth to refine the shape without any run out problem. As a bonus, I can leave the chuck on the lathe all the time. Sometimes flipping the blank gives you easier access.
    Gordon,
    Would you recommend this for large projects (say a 16" X 8" bowl)?

    Thanks,
    Kurt

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    Kurt,

    I really have no idea. I enjoy turning in smaller scale.
    I normally use the smallest of the 3. It is adequate for even off-center turning. The lathe vibrates before the ring comes loose.
    The picture is the large ring which I have never used. The OW live center was for scale. The external diameter is 6.25". The ring is made out of steel; I assume you can drill extra holes for additional screws for security

    Gordon

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    Thanks Gordon,
    I hadn't noticed the big one. At 6+" across, it must be intended for pretty large stuff.
    Cheers,
    Kurt

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    Thanks for the links everyone! Definitely what I'm looking for. Gordon, that is a pretty cool idea I might check into that also.

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