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Lathe with Shim

I use a faceplate or lathe chuck often when turning projects on my lathe. When it comes time to remove them, however, they can be difficult to twist off.

To solve this problem, I cut a shim from the lid of a plastic container. It fits over the spindle of the lathe before I attach the faceplate or chuck. The shim provides enough friction to secure the attachment yet makes removal easy.

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