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Carter Wireman
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Sep 8th, 2017 at 7:23pm
 
Hello I am very green to turning, in fact just ordered my first lathe a WEN 8x12. I am wanting to turn game calls mostly. My lathe comes with a MT1, what will I need to use to hold a expandable mandrel? A drill chick or collet chuck or can I simply install it into my head? Like I said I'm new to this so be easy on me lol
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Re: Game call mandrel
Reply #1 - Sep 8th, 2017 at 10:06pm
 
You will need a #1 morse taper end for the mandrel to fit into. I would like to suggest, that you watch some you-tube videos on all turning subjects. You can learn a lot off of the videos, but not all that you'll see is safe. If possible, try to find a turning club or group of fellow turners that you can learn off of.
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Reply #2 - Sep 9th, 2017 at 8:24am
 
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I have this expandable bushing setup - I'm not that crazy about it as it doesn't always center the blank that well. It is a good way to get started.

One alternative is to turn your own mandrel out of a good dense hardwood - you could even turn your own MT1 on one end of it or thread it to drive off the threads on your headstock.

Another alternative is to use a pen mandrel and then turn your own bushings out of hardwood. The challenge there is to true the end of the blank after you drill it, or, to make sure you drill it nice and square to the ends of the blank. Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register

Disclaimer: I do not make a lot of calls and do not consider myself an expert.

Good luck!
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Reply #3 - Sep 9th, 2017 at 3:43pm
 
Make or by a pin chuck. An example follows:

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Re: Game call mandrel
Reply #4 - Sep 9th, 2017 at 7:07pm
 
Carter

There are a number of different ways to hold a turning blank, some commercially available and some that one makes.  The range of choices can be confusing even with extensive experience.  I would second very strongly the suggestion to look for a turning group in your area.  Regardless of the holding method, tool sharpening and tool control will be essential for making a holding method and for turning calls.  Local turning groups almost always have mentors who can help explain and often demonstrate different holding methods and tool sharpening and use; some also offer very affordable turning classes.

Because Youtube and similar sites may have videos that show improper and sometimes even dangerous practices, I would instead suggest you begin looking through the videos on this web site.  They all have been reviewed before being added to the site.
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Reply #5 - Sep 11th, 2017 at 1:23pm
 
Thanks for all the advice friends. I do plan on waisting a lot of wood just practicing well before I try to finish anything. My lathe gets delivered this afternoon, I'm from NE Indiana around the Fort Wayne area if anyone knows of turning groups around here.
The one thing I'm confused of is my lathe has a MT1 head spindle and tailstock. I know that mt2 is the most common but there has to be a commercial chuck that I can mount to my head spindle. It is the WEN 8x12 lathe I'm pretty sure it's the same one Harbor frieght was selling, does anyone have any experience with this lathe. Is the threading a common thread size?
Thanks again and god bless prayers to anyone in or has family in Texas and Florida!
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Reply #6 - Sep 11th, 2017 at 4:56pm
 
Here's a lil info that might help also from a reputable game call supplier. Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Re: Game call mandrel
Reply #7 - Sep 11th, 2017 at 6:48pm
 
The lathe manual should give the thread specs for your spindle.  Many or all chucks can be purchased with an adapter for the common spindle threads.  This approach allows one to keep the chuck and simply purchase a different adapter if and when a different lathe is acquired with different thread specs.

I've seen a claim many times that the AAW web site has a page with affiliated turning groups.  You can also search the internet for a turning group or turning club in the largest city near you.
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Re: Game call mandrel
Reply #8 - Sep 11th, 2017 at 7:56pm
 
Tony Rozendaal wrote on Sep 9th, 2017 at 8:24am:
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I have this expandable bushing setup - I'm not that crazy about it as it doesn't always center the blank that well. It is a good way to get started.

One alternative is to turn your own mandrel out of a good dense hardwood - you could even turn your own MT1 on one end of it or thread it to drive off the threads on your headstock.

Another alternative is to use a pen mandrel and then turn your own bushings out of hardwood. The challenge there is to true the end of the blank after you drill it, or, to make sure you drill it nice and square to the ends of the blank. Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register

Disclaimer: I do not make a lot of calls and do not consider myself an expert.

Good luck!



I agree with Tony

I have used Hut many times and they have never failed to not only provide good stuff but it works great.
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