jpeghiny Posted February 23, 2013 Share #1 Posted February 23, 2013 (edited) Hi Folks, Last year I purchased a pair of brass pedestals for my Smuggler project. They were turned on a lathe at the factory but the surface was very rough so I decided to polish them on my mini metal lathe. I tried three setups, two of which turned out to be unsafe, so I've decided to share my experience. The first setup was the most unsafe. The three jaw chuck has it's jaws protruding slightly. Also, the live center isn't touching the workpiece so it could come off the machine and fly around the room I immediately got whacked in the middle finger on my left hand right on the tip of my finger. If that wasn't bad enough, I play guitar and bass all the time and my fingers are sore anyway. Thankfully, there was no blood or broken bone. The second setup was better but still not perfect. I was still using the three jaw chuck, but reversed the jaws so they didn't protrude as much. Also, I used a piece of threaded rod to secure the workpiece. The third setup is the best. I used the threaded rod as in setup #2 and used a jacobs chuck which is much smaller. The bottom line is: think through your setup, turn the machine over manually before turning it on to identify any dangers, run it on the slowest speed the first time. In the end, my pedestals look great, but I could have injured myself in the process. Be careful with your power tools! Jamie Edited February 23, 2013 by Jamie Peghiny capnharv2 and mtaylor 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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