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Mike smith
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Help! Stuck Faceplate
Sep 28th, 2021 at 4:41pm
 
Hello all,
I was recently turning a Hawthorn bowl and using my faceplate on my Rockler Mini lathe. The face plate is stuck and I can not get it off. I have tried all the methods recommended on Youtube and what the Rockler community service people said to do. It is still not coming free. Please Help! Thanks!
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Reply #1 - Sep 28th, 2021 at 6:23pm
 
So that we aren't offering duplicate suggestions, what have you tried already?
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Reply #2 - Sep 28th, 2021 at 6:45pm
 
I just got it unstuck! I grabbed the hand wheel with adjustable pliers and the faceplate with a wrench. Before, I was using the steel rod that inserted into the spindle to stop it. It only bent. Please ignore.
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Reply #3 - Sep 28th, 2021 at 8:16pm
 
Rule 36: Don't force it. Use a bigger hammer.  Glad ya got it.
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Reply #4 - Sep 29th, 2021 at 7:33am
 
You can purchase plastic spacers that fit between a faceplate and headstock to reduce the chance of the faceplate becoming stuck.  They do work.  If you want to try something, I've made them from flat portions of old milk jugs before and they do work fine.
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Re: Help! Stuck Faceplate
Reply #5 - Sep 29th, 2021 at 11:58am
 
Paul Haus wrote on Sep 29th, 2021 at 7:33am:
You can purchase plastic spacers that fit between a faceplate and headstock to reduce the chance of the faceplate becoming stuck. They do work. If you want to try something, I've made them from flat portions of old milk jugs before and they do work fine.


The best way to avoid this problem is to not get something jammed on the spindle. That means always gently tightening faceplates, chucks and other screwon fixings - NEVER spin on the fixing to that comes to a hard stop.

Unfortunately, the most common cause of a jammed fixing is getting a catch. I'm working on my turning skills and may get to the point where I no longer have catches with another 50 or so years of practice.

A plastic spindle washer can reduce the risk of something locking onto the spindle, but it won't eliminate that risk altogether. So it's still useful to know how to break free a jammed fixing. In general, using supplementary devices/tools to add leverage on both the stuck fixing and the handwheel will do the trick.

But spindle washers can introduce other problems - if the washer isn't truly flat, it will cause runout. It's easy to make your own spindle washer, but my experience with milk jugs is that the plastic is really cheap and the thickness is anything but uniform. Instead, I have found that the plastic from which shipping containers used to mail TurboTax software CDs is quite flat and can be used for this purpose.
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Reply #6 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 6:43pm
 
Louie, we're not that far off.  I said the plastic discs can reduce the chance of having the chuck stick on the spindle, but I didn't say it prevented it entirely.  As far as thickness goes, I've cut some from a flat section of a jug and didn't see an appreciable wobble induced by the washer.  If someone doesn't like to cut their own, you can obviously buy them and they are also pretty flat.  To pop the chuck loose, keep a strap clamp on hand.  Just some comments.
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