going to be getting a lathe to start on some wood turning, what accessories would you recommend to make turning handles easier. Also, any tips recommended?
The chuck holds the wood firmly, so it won't fly off the lathe. It will let you work on the bottom if you have the right jaws on the chuck. There are thinner jaws that would work for this task.I've seen videos of people drilling the hole for the knot and then using the chuck inside of the piece so you can turn the bottom, does this chuck do that? typically use a 22mm knot
+1 regarding the face shield. I won't use the lathe without one.First accessory is a good face shield. Second is definitely a chuck. One like Chris mentioned is nice but if you’re not getting a fullsize lathe I recommend the Nova Precision chuck. Most if not all small lathes have a 1” x 16 tpi spindle so the chuck fits without an adaptor. It’s also smaller and lighter so it’s easier on the lathe and quite a bit cheaper than the larger chucks. Mine has performed flawlessly. It accepts all the jaws designed for the bigger Nova chucks although some aren’t recommended. I’d also get a jacob’s chuck, which is a drill chuck that fits the morse taper. It allows you to drill perfectly centered holes every time. Use it in the tailstock and keep a firm grip with one had while advancing the quill with the other and always when winding it back out. If not the chuck can be pulled out of the tailstock when winding the forstner bit out. It’s seems weird since the blank is spinning and not the bit, but the blank & bit don’t know that... You can cut the hole with a scraper, carbide, or parting tool, but for speed and accurate repeatability it’s worth the money. Also on the list is a can of WD 40. Keep the headstock, tailstock, and ways clean, lubed, and rust free!
Flipping the handle around to finish the bottom requires other things unless you can get small enough jaws that aren’t dovetailed, which I’ve seen in videos but haven’t been able to find. We can get into that if you want, but a jam chuck will work. I just hate using one unless absolutely necessary because I’ve had too many pieces fly off and get ruined.
I have a couple and used to use them but sometimes I would run into problems with the handle not running true after flipping it around. I now use a collet chuck and threaded bottle stopper mandrel which has been more accurate for me. I still use the IX collet if the handle is clear or translucent or you’d see the hole that is tapped for the mandrel.