I have a SC3 chuck and the large set of remounting jaws. I don't have a problem with using the chuck key - I agree it would be nice if it was longer but it is usable; just takes a bit longer to tighten them up if they are wide open
This is not a question as to which powered respirator is the best (Trend, Axminster etc.) but just what do people use for ear defenders when using a respirator? The Trend Airflow used to have an option of clip on ear defenders but they seem to have been discontinued.
That looks very nice. I have a stack of spalted silver birch and will try that.
As a beginner to this hobby I am intrigued as to the best way to hold such pieces for working - would you mind showing the base?
Thank you all for your comments - very informative. The reason I asked was that I have a lot of wood lying around (mainly ash, oak and birch) and I could get bigger pieces out of the wood by not worrying about grain direction - but I'll take on board what you have all said.
It may be a daft beginners question but is there is a reason why face-plate work (for bowls etc.) has the grain perpendicular to the lathe bed - is it purely for aesthetics or is related to wood strength? If the latter are there are any "rules" as to what the limits are if using grain parallel...
I'm just about to take the plunge and buy a lathe - but not sure about the stand. Is it better to go with the makers stand at c. £200 (for example for one of the Axminster lathes) or build a wooden bench (or similar)? What are the pros and cons?
Any advice gratefully accepted.