Making a wooden face plate the easy way,
I started by drilling a 17mm hole through a block of beach and cutting a tread in it with a steel tap ,
I started the tapping on the drill press to make sure it was all at 90 degrees
Step 1: Tapping a Screw Thread
I re-enforced the threads with liquid superglue and re tapped the thread.
Step 2: Turning the Face Plate
I took the corners off the threaded blank then I screwed the blank onto the headstock I shaped the faceplate on the lathe.
I needed a disc to glue on the front and I turned disc on my router table by spinning it. Then i glued the disc onto the turned part by pressing it on with my tailstock.
Check out my Instructable and a youtube video on making discs on the router table
Step 3: The Finished Faceplate
I cut a nut in half for clearance for the headstock and then screwed the finished faceplate on the lathe.
Check out my youtube video for a more comprehensive view of the build.