turning pendants

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  1. john lucas

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    This will also be part of the demo I'm doing in Minneapolis. I just us a 2" square block and remove 2 jaws from my chuck so the block can be tilted, left right or up and down and move off center or each of those depending on your design. The simplest technique is to first turn it round. Then tilt it out and turn a wedge shape. Then move it off center to turn the hole. My chuck is the Vicmarc with dovetail jaws so just the corners bite in when gripping the square blank. This makes indentation marks that make it really easy to go back to one of the settings if you want to refine a shape previously done. This works really well when making smaller earrings since you need to make 2 just alike.
     

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    A real brief tutorial. I fasten the blank to a 2" square waste block with double stick tape. I remove 2 opposing jaws from my chuck. Turn the wood round and round over the side nearest the waste block. Then tilt the waste block foward so you turn the blank into a wedge shape. Then move the wasteblock straight up so you can bore a hole off center. That's it basically. You can tilt the waste block left or right or move it up and down to different centers for a different look. There are a huge number of possibilities.
     

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    Nice tip.
    I have used 2 jaws quite a bit but never used them to go off axis.
    I have also done pendant in off set jamb chucks. Your idea Is a big improvement over that.

    This would seem to be a technique best for advanced turners who don't get catches.

    My guess is the ONEWAY jaws would offer an improved grip. You could still reuse the ONEWAY grip point unless a subsequent grip crushed the earlier one.
    I'll try one with the ONEWAY jaws sometime in the next week or so.

    Al
     
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    I don't know if the oneway jaws would work better or not since I'm only using the corners. The dovetail shape makes the corners pointy. This leaves indentations that are easily to relocate if you want to go back and re turn one area again.
     
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    John,

    I was thinking about how this might be used in a workshop.
    Beginners can do a 3 sided spindle and learn the basics of the side ground bowl gouge with no problem.
    They learn a little about the interrupted cut and the pull cut.

    I have had a few beginners turn a sphere using multi axis holds with a cup on the headstock and a pin on the live center.

    Your innovation for multi axis grips with two jaws intrigues me.

    And would seem to fit in a progression for a multi day class if you had a group like 90% of those I run into who don't get catches after the third day.
    This would be a nice after lunch project....... On thursday

    When do we see a mirror frame done this way?
    Al
     
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    A very clear and concise mini-tutorial.

    See David Reed Smith's website for a number of offset axis and two-jaw techniques [ http://davidreedsmith.com/ ]
     
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    Let's see if I can find time to get a couple done before Mother's Day
     
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    Can I give you a pendant jig and make it a bit easier?
     

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