Mounting Wood On The Wood Lathe: Using A Glue Block {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

While one of the great advances in woodturning in recent years has been the development of the four jaw chuck to mount wood for turning, the price tag on a good chuck is a shock to many turners. In fact the price for a decent four jaw chuck often accedes the price of many starter lathes. One of the things that a wood turner needs to remember when going into faceplate turning is the use of the old fashioned glue block for holding wood.

The use of the glue block arises from the desire to not have screw holes observed in the bottom of such items as bowls and platters. Generally such an item is made by first rough turning it from green wood and then letting it dry in the shop for some time. Later it is remounted to the wood lathe and finish turned. It is during this remounting that it may be screwed to the faceplate, thus leaving holes in the finished product. These holes then have to be filled or covered in some way. In addition, the length of the screws determines a certain depth of wood that cannot be used or the tools would hit the screws themselves.

A simple solution, and one centuries old, is the use of a glue block to hold the wood to the lathe. First the bottom of the bowl is flattened using a plane or other tool. Second, a waste block of wood is screwed to the faceplate. Third the waste block is flattened. Third, the waste block is glued to the bottom of the bowl using carpenter’s white glue.

Generally a piece of craft paper is glued between the waste block and the bowl. This enables the bowl to be finish turned and then a chisel blow between the block and the bowl splits the paper down center. Then the waste paper can be sanded from the bottom of the bowl and the bottom finished. If desired, the paper could also be removed from the waste block and it could be used again.

There are a few draw backs to this system. While glue has a great hold but it needs to be clamped and let dry for at least eight hours. Also, the wood used has to be dry so this can not help with green turnings. In addition there is the fuss of sanding away all that glue and paper, a combination known for quickly clogging sand paper.

Thankfully, a couple of modern glues rise to the occasion. When turning dry wood such as a dried bowl blank, hot glue can be used to glue the wood block to the bowl. Withing a couple of minutes it is ready to mount on the lathe and turn. Either the block can be parted from the blank with the lathe running or the whole assembly can be taken off and the waste block removed with a a sharp rap of a chisel at the glue line. Any remaining glue is easily pealed off.

Similarly a medium thick cyanoacrylate glue can be used to bond a green blank to a waste block. The glue is applied to the waste block and accelerator to the blank and the two are pressed together. Again, a couple of minutes are sufficient to hold the work for turning and again a sharp blow at the glue line will separate them after the turning is done.

Modern adhesives simply allow the old methods to work in today’s shops. While the technology advances us a little we are still working in the historic fashion. The old ways may not always be the best, but they certainly work and work well.

Source by Darrell Feltmate

Top Rated Wood Router That Works Magically {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

Product reviews go a long way in helping the customer to come to a conclusion about a particular product or a service. It is not only important but also essential to go through several product reviews before you embark on buying one.

Go through the product reviews

When I was in a fix regarding which wood router I should be opting for, I have found the reviews very useful and enabled me to select the best wood router. Usually, user reviews and comments throw much light on the usefulness of a product. They acknowledge the positive aspects and make honest suggestions on the negative aspects of the product.

After having gone through several reviews on wood routers, I have come to the opinion that the user ratings are an important factor to consider when you are purchasing a new router.

Formulate your opinion on what are the key features

If you are a novice in purchasing wood routers, certainly the product reviews throw much light on the key features. You will come to know about the product features with the help of the reviews. Once you are clear about what the key features are, you can make a systematic enquiry into each feature of the product by reading several reviews.

Focus on each feature and study the different products. Get to know what makes each wood router unique in its own way. Have a clear analysis of what features you give top priority and what features you consider secondary, before you opt for one. Often it is your personal choices that determine the final decision.

Weigh both pros and cons

No tool comes with all the unique features. You need to see both the advantages and disadvantages in each type of routers. If only you weigh both the pros and cons in each type and formulate a table of features, you will be able to come to a reasonable decision. Create a table of pros and cons with each type of router and take a balanced view.

Sometimes, you will be totally impressed with one of the features of the tool forgetting the other important considerations. It is essential to have a balanced view when you are investing your hard earned money into these tools.

Take a balanced decision

Taking a balanced view in every matter is regarded as a virtue. The golden mean approach in weighing all the advantages and disadvantages is highly recommended. When it comes to buying a wood router, I suggest you to give preference to the most essential functional features to other small features.

There is a clear and predefined purpose for each tool. Ask yourself whether the model or the type of router you have selected meets all the essential parameters. If you are satisfied that the wood router you have opted for can deliver what it promises, then you can go for it.

I am quite convinced that many of the users give top priority to the most essential functions of the tools that they purchase. See the ratings for each of these functions. Once you complete the home work, you are most likely to get the wood router that works magically.

Source by Muhammad M Javed