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Band Clamp for Lathe

I like to use my lathe as a stationary work-holder to do detail work on turnings. The lathe serves as a third hand, holding the workpiece securely, allowing me to use both hands.

I clamp the spindle using a band clamp over the spindle (or chuck) and around the bed of the lathe. I tighten the strap sufficiently to prevent the workpiece from moving, but not so tightly that I cannot easily reposition the work as needed. When I am ready to work another section of my piece, I just grab the strap and give it a little tug.

 

Caution: To be extra careful – if you think you might forget the clamp – unplug the lathe before clamping the spindle.

 

~Wes Jones

Lawrenceville, Georgia

 

 

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