That sounds good. I have only recently aquired a Peathol lathe and I'll be honest, I don't really know what I'm doing with it
. I can remember the little bit I learnt at school ages ago. But it wasn't much. I read a small introduction book which explained about faceplates and they sound very usefull. I would like to get one for mine at some point.
What I meant by mandrel is a stout tube with internal thread which is held in the chuck, and a bolt which passes through the centre of the work and then screws into the tube thereby clamping the work in. - Like a larger version of what holds cutting discs in a dremmel.
Unfortunately I just missed the model engineering show, although the model boat show is coming up. But so far my shopping list is; riser blocks for more clearance (is that called swing?), live centre, and faceplate.
btw - I just tried drilling a 2mm hole in brass rod on my lathe. I got about 8mm in and then the (brand new) drill bit started binding and finally snapped inside the work.
I thought brass was supposed to machine easily. What did I do wrong