Making a Wooden Lathe Faceplate the Easy Way

About: Retired Boat builder,CNC programmer,Process Engineer

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.

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    MrHermito

    2 years ago

    This*?
    I understand how to make it I just don't really know what it's used for.

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    marcello bianchiMrHermito

    Reply 2 years ago

    I made a 12inch disc sander for my lathe as an attachment and i used my stock metal faceplate so that left me without a face plate to use so I made a wooden one to replace it ,also it can be used to turn bowl by screwing the black to it.

    please check out the disc sander in another of my instructables

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    MrHermitomarcello bianchi

    Reply 2 years ago

    Lol ok, I see now, I was just confused but now I know, thanks for the answer

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    MrHermito

    2 years ago

    Sorry for being so ignorant, but what do you do with thi?