Yesterday, I wound up the rubber bands on my Grizzly lathe to do a small project, and I do mean small. Since my wife is back into shooting our muzzle loading rifles, she needs her own set of equipment. I made a range loading rod for her and intend(ed) to put a handle on the end for comfort. And, to make her rod a little distinctive. I selected a hunk of Osage Orange from my stash, put between centers and turned to shape leaving a tenon at the head end. I then put into my mini chuck so I could drill a hole for the handle.
Flew out at first touch. Oh, well, change jaws. Changed jaws. (that's an irksome, time consuming task) Put back in. Lined up with live center for a true turn. Wobbled like nuts. Wat gives? Lined up should be lined up and true. I have made scores of similar items like this before. Simple job. Or should be. Took out and decided to try yet another set of jaws. Uh-Oh, one of the hex head screws did not want to come out. Gave a little more muscle. Double Uh-Oh! Rounded the hole in the hex head. Cussed mightily and set aside. Picked up my new Barracuda 4 chuck, put piece in, lined up with live center. Wobbled like crazy. How can a perfectly lined up item wobble like that? Done this many times in past without that happening. Wassup? OK, surrender. Bring up live center and re-turn to true. Let the Murphy gremlins win. Now true. Replace live center with drill chuck and bit. Bring up to center, reduce speed and drill my hole. Take off lathe. Hole way off center. Threw in trash and stomped out of shop. I'll try again. But am still wondering how I am going to get that hex screw out of the mini chuck. Maybe I'll take up knitting. No, I would put my eye out.