Woodturning Monthly

Chris MarshallOne of those big conundrums for new woodturners is how to mount the wood safely and effectively in the lathe. The first time an imbalanced wet bowl blank breaks loose and goes airborne, you’ll know just what I mean. And few aspects of the process can give more pause than how to effectively remount a turning as the project passes through its various stages of completion. That’s why Dennis Belcher’s article, “The Basics of Workholding,” really deserves to be read through and digested or even printed out and posted near your lathe. Why? Because his rationale of workholding as squeezing, expanding, pushing or screwing should help us solve practically any workholding predicament we might have. I’ve been turning for quite a few years at this point, but I think I’ll read Belcher’s article a few more times, because this is a primer worth taking to heart! See if you agree.

Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal

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