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    Default How do you set up a face plate

    Hey all, My first post And I'm glade I found this site.

    I have a lathe, that I haven't used all to much, And now I want to learn more about It.

    I want to bore a 1-5/16" hole In a odd shape 3/4" thick plate

    I first looked at my 4 jaw chuck, but when the jaws are closed tight, I wouldn't be able to drill through this plate.

    So I dug deep, and I found my face plate, that I have never used, but I think It will hold this piece of plate, so I can drill and then bore to size.

    Can you give me some tips on holding flat plate to the face plate?
    I'm thinking that there maybe some dogs that slide through the FP slots
    And hold It that way?

    Thanks In Advance for any Info on this

    Danny

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    First locate the center of the hole. You can simply do some layout and center punch it, drill a pilot hole with a drill press, or if accuracy is necessary drill & ream and hole on a mill.

    Mount the face plate and use a center in the tailstock to locate the hole. Then using hold downs like one uses on a mill clamp the workpiece to the faceplate. If precise location is needed and you have drilled & reamed the hole use a test indicator to finish aligning the hole location using a mallet or a hammer & a block of wood to move the piece around before you finish tightening the clamps.

    When you are drilling & boring the hole pay very close attention to your hold down studs/bolts so you do not accidentally run into them. Also watch your RPM's since the piece will not be balanced. Sometimes it is even necessary to bolt on a counter weight if the piece is too far off the lathe axis and causes excess vibration.

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    Ahh, ok, Its the hold down clamps that i'm missing, I don't have a mill.

    Cant I make these hold down clamps.?

    Thanks Dr, Stan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Steel
    Ahh, ok, Its the hold down clamps that i'm missing, I don't have a mill.

    Cant I make these hold down clamps.?

    Thanks Dr, Stan
    It would be much easier if you had a mill. You probably could make some that would do on a drill press, but they work a whole lot easier if they are slotted. Take a look at the web sites for industrial suppliers to get an idea of what they look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Stan
    It would be much easier if you had a mill. You probably could make some that would do on a drill press, but they work a whole lot easier if they are slotted. Take a look at the web sites for industrial suppliers to get an idea of what they look like.
    I had a look at Busy Bee, They have kits

    I think I'm getting the bug......I was looking In the adds for a used mill

    Thanks for the Info Stan

    Danny

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    Danny, if your Faceplate is slotted, you can use odd pieces of scrap with a hole drilled through them and bolts, nuts, and washers to hold your workpiece to the faceplate. Be sure and pad it out from the faceplate enough so that you don't run into the faceplate when boring out the hole. The outer ring of an old ball bearing is good for that. If you can, buy a copy of the "Amateur's Lathe" by Sparey as it is very helpful to a beginner and sows a lot of accessories you can make for yourself on the lathe. Hood luck!!

    Al

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