Dark side of the faceplate

It was never like this with the pole lathe.


Bought it … how the heck do I get the faceplate off?

When the East wind blows, the lazy wind that can’t be bothered to go around you so it goes through you, it can get a bit chilly in the woods where the sun doesn’t shine.  We had the old garage taken down

SAMSUNG CSCand rebuilt

SAMSUNG CSCI’ve bought an old Sheffield-built power lathe so I can spend some time in the warm in Winter and turn some of the things I can’t turn on the pole lathe.  Bowls are for you men to make with younger legs than mine.  Tiny thin treen is impossible on a pole lathe – honey drippers, lace bobbins and such.

I took my newly recovered trailer to near Chorley, Lancashire and collected the lathe, a Myford ML8.  Also collected a new chunky hitch lock from a trailer dealer nearby so I wouldn’t be needing to recover stolen trailers anytime soon.

I sent off for a four jaw chuck for turning bowls.  It’s also made in Sheffield, we can still make good stuff in Yorkshire.  Trouble was I then found the faceplate where I needed to install the new jaws was firmly fast.  With the help of friends I tried a few different ways to get it off.  I needed to hold the spindle locked still and then turn the faceplate clockwise.  I de-threaded the aluminium outboard faceplate trying to use it as the lock.  Then, after reading up internet fora, I engaged a low gear and turning the belt in reverse I hammered a board locked onto the stuck faceplate against the wall.  Still stuck.  Heated it up lightly and gradually with a paint stripper gun … still stuck. Made lunch, had an idea.


This might work…

Two levers, one oak lath against the pulleys to lock them, and the ply board to turn the faceplate.  What a feeling when it just unscrewed!



The cause was mistreatment by person(s) unknown.



Can you see the damage to the last thread?  No wonder it was stuck.  I used some anti-seize grease with added flake copper during installation of the Sorby Patriot chuck, that should make life easier in future, and the added electricity will too …


Hello world, my first powered wooden treen – test piece only, or do I spy a mustard pot in there?

When a tree falls in the forest …


SAMSUNG CSCHave you seen this tree before?

It was rather windy and wet this Sunday at the end of November.  I had a course for a couple of people from Manchester, who went home happy with their fox and badger:


The River Wharfe‘s in spate.

My workshop is almost in the bottom of a steep little valley, or ghyll as we call ’em round here, it is therefore very well sheltered from the Westerly winds, but there was even a breeze coming right into the bottom and blowing the smaok from my fire around rather a lot, but we’d been keeping dry under the tarp.

I was tidying up and starting to make a couple of deer for a customer when there was an almighty cracking and the sound of a massive tree going down in the wind.  It was at the back where I have no rear view so I ejected out at the front over the fence.  To my dismay a very large bough had been ripped from my favourite oak tree (see above):


One bough missing.

There was still creaking and groaning going on.  The oak was now weakened and seriously unbalanced.  A large hole had appeared in the canopy.  Then …

A corresponding limb on the other side came away.  The oak tree has now lost its good looks:



Very fortunate that nobody was walking along the path where these tons of oak fell.

What a disaster for the many flora and fauna dependent on this tree, there was quite a dust as the airborne debris fell around me.  Some of these:


Twigs, oak apples and lichen.

The Estate have winched the boughs from the path and repaired same.  Anyway, I think I’ll be making a few bowls, from little of the timber, the tree is high up on the bank and the timber is being left as deadwood.