Introduction: Wood Lathe Upgrades. Pt 3, Friction Plate.
Project: make a friction plate to allow bowls etc. to be remounted on the lathe once the inside has been turned without the need to clamp the fragile edges of the bowl.
Allows the work piece to be held securely between the friction plate and the revolving center of the tail stock. this is useful to turn down the tenons on stuff that had been mounted in a chuck. This stuff is very grippy and does not need you to add sandpaper between the back plate and you nicely finished work piece.
The work piece in the video and pics is white thorn a very slow growing tight grained wood, this piece was turned quite green and once turned to shape was lightly sanded and sealed with bee's wax and left in a drying box for several months to allow it to slowly dry out with less chance of cracking.
foam carpet underlay.
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Step 1: Making the Friction Plate.
Screw a piece of plywood to your back plate and turn to size.
Apply a good layer of spray glue and once tacky apply to your sheet of underlay.
Once cured trim the foam to size, once attached back on the lathe I used a chisel to create a slight bevel on the edge of the foam on the disk.