Beginner Mistakes on the Lathe | 6 Days of Beginner Woodturning Day 3

I'm Brad Rodriguez and today I'm going
to show you some beginner mistakes I made on the lathe while turning this
bottle opener out of black palm and let me just tell you black palm is a major
painting this is day three of my six days of beginner woodturning video
series I'm launching a new video each day of a turning project any beginner
can make this is my first time making most of these projects so you'll see
some mistakes I made and things that I learned I'll have a link in the
description of the playlist for all six videos so you can check out the whole
series now let's get turning today I'm working with a very different wood
called black palm it's neither a hardwood or softwood but a monocot like
a grass or bamboo I read that on what database the plank is also a bit smaller
than the other ones I've been using this is one and a half by one and a half
versus the 2×2 inch blanks that I was using in earlier days and this also was
a challenge since the stock insert jaws on my chuck only go down to one and
three-quarters of an inch so I had to mount the piece by clamping the diagonal
corners in the Chuck versus turning the piece down to a cylinder like I did in
day one and day two now a better option would have been to change out my jaw
insert to a smaller one I plan on picking one of those up in the future I
just didn't have one the hardware for the bottle opener is similar to the
ice-cream scoop from day two just a long three eighths of an inch threaded shaft
so I chucked up a bit in the tailstock and drilled out a hole for tapping the
mandrel that I'll be using once again oh and this is me faking that I'm drilling
because I didn't hit record when I really did it seriously this project was
just doomed from the get-go I removed the MIDI chuck from the lathe and then I
mounted the drive spur in the live Center to start roughing the blank I could tell from the get-go that this
black palm was a very different wood its splintered and just chipped out like
crazy and it produced a lot of finer dust versus larger chips like that
wonderful red heart from day two I would have taken a lot more off the blank if I
didn't know what was in store for me next but I just blissfully moved on and
I switched out the drive spur for the drill chuck and the 3/8 of an inch
mandrel like I did with the bottle stopper I started at the business end of
the bottle opener and I was just using the round tool to put a nice sweep that
would go into the hardware and this is where the cutting started getting worse
not only was it chattering and dusty but the blank was actually starting to
catch and stall if I tried to take too deep of a cut hadn't really figured out
what was going on but if you look closely you can see that the drill chuck
was actually free spinning in the headstock let's watch that again in slow
motion and look at the threaded headstock keep spinning with the blank
stalls I pressed forward taking lighter and
lighter cuts and still getting some slowdown in stalling then I just decided
to call it good and start parting off the excess of the back of the handle that made the stalling even worse and
you can hear the drill chuck squealing in the headstock it finally dawned on me
that I needed some more pressure from the tailstock to keep that drill chuck
in the headstock nice and firm so I cranked it down a bit to try to help
things out but really this only made things worse which I would realize in
just a minute but before that here's a sneak peak of de fors project I'm
switching over from the mandrel and Chuck and moving into something a bit
smaller there are a ton of accessories to make pins but I'll show you how I did
it a bit differently than most make sure you check the description or the end of
the video for a link to the six days a beginner woodturning playlist all right so back to this disaster that
was unfolding on my lathe I stopped the lathe and you may have already seen it
when the blank was stalling but there was a massive split right at the end of
the blank yeah frankly I am lucky this thing
didn't just explode on me while it was turning because the palm wood is so
fibrous it's prone to splitting and there's no shoulder on my live Center so
as I cranked it down it just split it right into here's the difference between
this live Center that I was using in the stock live Center the stock one has a
point but it's also surrounded by a larger ring that's set back a bit now
the aftermarket want to have it's just conical the whole way if I had have used
the stock live Center with the shoulder then this probably would have happened
because it would have stopped pushing into the end grain also the headstock in
the drill chuck were clearly an issue as well since it was spinning installing
I've since found out that there's this thing called a draw bar or draw bolt
that you can thread into the drill chuck to hold it firmly into the headstock so
here's my drill chuck it's got a two empty Morse taper on it and that fits
into the headstock or the tailstock and it's also got a chuck key to lock the
mandrels and drill bits but that's all that's keeping the Chuck into the
headstock is just pressure and friction of this taper so if you look at the back
of it doesn't have any female threads on the end the drill truck that I link to
in the description has quarter-twenty threads on the end of it so you can use
a bolt through the headstock just like I'm pushing through this ejector tool
you can thread that into the drill chuck and then use a large washer knob to pull
the chuck tight into the headstock now I have a link below in the video showing
this technique if I had one it would have kept the drill chuck from spinning
freely installing the blank out those were the lessons I learned after the
fact in the moment I just cut my losses literally I sawed it off the excess of
the blank then I smooth the end with a sander I went through the same finishing
step as the previous day's I didn't video it but then I installed the bottle
opener hardware and it was done for all the hassle this thing turned out really
nice and that ingrain though a pain in the neck looks beautiful on the handle I
hope you can take some of these mistakes and lessons I learned and apply them to
your own turning I wanna give a big thank you to Jett woodworking for
sponsoring today's video there's a link down below in the description you can
see the Jett 1221 variable speed lathe and find out all the information
about it is an awesome machine so that's a wrap on day three we're halfway
through the six days of beginner woodturning projects there's a playlist
right here it'll take you to all the different projects that are out there if
you're not subscribed to the channel already I'd love to have you as part of
the team and until next time guys get out there and build something awesome

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