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#31 Carl Z

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:48 PM



Is the blank going through the headstock and lathe?

Do you take any precautions or have any support on the other end?

If you are running it as I think you are, what is you chuck grabbing on to?



I've been turning on my Shopsmith for the past 15 rods or so, but I need to make a few supports for the end of the blank.  I use a dowel in the but section of the blank and chuck that in a Jacobs chuck.  It's worked well for me.

#32 fishbum

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 09:26 PM

Is the blank going through the headstock and lathe?


Yes. The blank goes through the headstock.


Do you take any precautions or have any support on the other end?


Yes I do. My support is a simple 2x2 with a 3/4 inch hole in it at the same height above the floor as the hole in the head stock of the lathe. Has worked well for several years. Masking tape protects the blank. Keep it simple.


If you are running it as I think you are, what is you chuck grabbing on to?


This is a bamboo rod that has a layer of masking tape under the chuck.


I've been turning on my Shopsmith


I don't remember if my old Shopsmith had a hole through it or not. I don't think it did. You might have to do things a little different than I do.


The following assumes a hole through the head stock. 

If you are making graphite/glass rods I suggest you turn a short dowel and glue it into the butt of the rod. Then, chuck up the rod and center drill the dowel to accept the point of a live center. When I do graphite/glass. and I don't do them very often, I use a 5C collet chuck and a collet to grip the rod blank that has a layer or two of masking tape to protect the blank. The collet grips around 360 degrees instead of just three points for the regular chuck.



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 07:33 AM

Good information Jerry, as always.  Like you I don't do too many graphite rods but always do them exactly as you describe, with 5c collets.  One thing I might add is that you need to be careful how tightly you grip a graphite blank.  I crushed one while closing a collet once.



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#34 elderbarry

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 12:32 PM

After many years doing woodturning of various types, and before that doing much rod building on my Clemens Rod Lathe, I would certainly NOT recommend any turning of any parts on your little lathe as it sits.  You will ruin some blanks!  You will need to spend several hundred more $$$ for extensions and rod supports, etc.

#35 Smallmouth Bass

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 10:58 PM

Excuse me please but I have to ask a question, How would you turn a Handle if not on the blank? Thank you very much for your patience

#36 Greg LaPolla

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 11:26 PM

You glue it up on mandril then chuck the mandril in the lathe and use sandpaper or a file to shape it.  once its done you remove it from the mandril ( I hope you remembered to wax the mandril prior to gluing).  Then you use your tapered reamer(s) to fit it to the blank.


That's it in a nutshell.

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 07:05 AM

I glue all mine up on allthread, then transfer to a mandrel on the lathe to turn

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#38 John T.

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 08:00 AM

I glue mine on all-thread wrapped with Teflon plumber's tape.  I have a DIY press to slightly compress the rings.  Transfer to a mandrel and turn away!

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