Spigot Turning

I mentioned recently that I found myself with a set of spigot jaws for my Nova lathe chuck. So I decided to find out what all the fuss was about, and try them out. (Made in New Zealand 🙂 )

Without going into much detail yet (have more to learn myself!), the spigot jaws can grip the end of a round blank very tightly, allowing you to work on the side, and end of the blank, without using a tailstock.

I first mounted the blank between centres and turned it round, and roughly shaped what I hoped was a goblet. The timber was Huon pine, purchased so I could experiment and have the only problems I come across being my errors, rather than some difficulties from the timber itself clouding the issues.

Next, it was mounted in the spigot jaws (and already I can see why people buy more than one chuck, just so they don’t have to keep swapping jaws over!)

Cutting a long story short (and leaving out all the catches etc that I had), this is what I managed to finish with:


For a first effort, I’m pretty happy with it, but I still have a long way to go.

It isn’t an egg cup, but here is a photo with one, just so you get an idea of scale!


(And no, it isn’t a Moa or a Kiwi egg)!

3 Responses

  1. Stuart,

    As they say in some parts of our country, you done good!

    Is Huon pine the pine that comes from Tasmania? Or is it New Zealand? If so, the grain and entire wood structure is so nice, that it is a pleasure to work with it. Quite soft, but nice.

    Nicely done!

  2. It is Tasmanian Huon Pine – got a bag of it (pieces) at the Melbourne Wood Show.

  3. Hi Mate
    Nice work, bit small though, I could not fit wnough wine in it.
    Great also to see you on the wood whisperer, that site is an easy way to use up time.

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