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    Record Power Remount Jaws Problem

    The large jaws give c. 53mm in contraction mode and c. 90mm in expansion (having just measured mine). Looks like a typo on the specs for the large jaws.
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    SC3 Chuck and remounting jaws

    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
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    Ear defenders with Powered Respirator

    Thanks all for the comments - very useful.
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    Ear defenders with Powered Respirator

    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.
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    Spalted bowl

    Thanks Dalboy - after a bit of "googling" I get it now. Just need to practice!
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    Spalted bowl

    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?
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    Grain Orientation

    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.
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    Grain Orientation

    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...
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    Makers stand or make own

    Thanks for the input. Decisions, Decisions!
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    Makers stand or make own

    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.
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