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Face Plates??

#270461 by shoedo » Tue May 19, 2020 11:23 pm

Understand, I don't have a clue as to what a face plate is used for, all I know is I have four of them. Keep in mind, that I am a newbie!! I have two 6 inch face plates and two smaller face plates. What are they used for? does the steel face place offer an advantage that the aluminum face plate does not? Should I keep the steel or sell it?

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Re: Face Plates??

#270462 by reible » Tue May 19, 2020 11:42 pm

https://www.shopsmith.com/academy/lathe ... /index.htm

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Re: Face Plates??

#270463 by rpd » Tue May 19, 2020 11:44 pm

They are used to hold wood on the lathe for turning bowls.
https://www.shopsmith.com/academy/latheturning/index.htm#faceplate

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Re: Face Plates??

#270464 by wa2crk » Tue May 19, 2020 11:46 pm

Hi newbie and welcome aboard. Face plates are used to mount stock for lathe turning. Center the plate on the work and then use screws to secure the stock to the plates. Read up on how to use them before you make any attempts they are somewhat of a specialty item. The large ones are for bigger and the smaller ones for smaller diameter work. The steel plate may make a slight bit of difference because of the weight. Kind of acts like a flywheel and can also dampen some vibration.
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Re: Face Plates??

#270465 by shoedo » Wed May 20, 2020 12:04 am

that is a beautiful bowl! Please tell me how you achieve those results, step by step!

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Re: Face Plates??

#270467 by wa2crk » Wed May 20, 2020 8:08 am

That would be a VERY long post. If you research "segmented turning" on the net you will get about a 1000 results.
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Re: Face Plates??

#270469 by shoedo » Wed May 20, 2020 11:21 am

ok, where did you get the food grade safe materials to make the bowl?

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Re: Face Plates??

#270476 by RFGuy » Wed May 20, 2020 1:25 pm

Here are a couple of past threads to give a taste of segmented turning and what is involved. I haven't gotten to trying this yet myself, but kudos to those who do this. The segmented bowls that Bill have posted are gorgeous...

With regard to being food safe, just pick a natural (safe to eat) finish like walnut oil. You'll have to re-apply the finish periodically, but it will be safe to eat out of. Most woods are safe underneath, but keep in mind some woods, particularly exotic species, can be toxic. So, if you intend to turn a wood bowl or plate to eat out of, I wouldn't recommend using a wood whose fibers or oils that it secretes are toxic.

https://www.shopsmith.com/ss_forum/general-woodworking-f5/christmas-bowl-t23212.html

https://www.shopsmith.com/ss_forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=23226&p=266485&hilit=bowl#p266485

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Re: Face Plates??

#270501 by wa2crk » Wed May 20, 2020 11:24 pm

Shoedo and RF Guy
Shoedo Try to stick to the 3 main species of wood used for cutting boards if you make bowls for food. They are Maple,Walnut and Cherry. I mainly make mine for decoration and as gifts.
RF Guy Many thanks for highlighting my work!! Greatly appreciated!!! :)
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