How to Remove a stuck faceplate? EDIT - Accomplished

Henry W

HenryW
Senior User
Thanks for all of the ideas. I may have a chance to implement some of them when I get back into the shop, I've been busy with other things.
 
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Henry W

HenryW
Senior User
With regards to locking the headstock, I can accomplish that.
The real issue is the this faceplate - not a Jet, but an Easy Wood Tools model, does not have flats on the 'barrel' that would allow the placement of a wrench (I am calling the barrel the portion of the face plate that threads onto the spindle). As a result of this round barrel I have difficulty getting leverage on that faceplate (with the turned platter still in place - which I would prefer to leave mounted). Note spindle is locked.
I expect I will indeed have to remove the platter and screw another piece onto the faceplate, then whack it....
 

Pop Golden

Pop
Corporate Member
Sorry folks! My mistake you're right the lockpin is for headstock pivot. You have to use the the index pin. I didn't think it through. My thoughts were the strength of the index pin.

Pop
 

Mike Davis

Mike
Corporate Member
With regards to locking the headstock, I can accomplish that.
The real issue is the this faceplate - not a Jet, but an Easy Wood Tools model, does not have flats on the 'barrel' that would allow the placement of a wrench (I am calling the barrel the portion of the face plate that threads onto the spindle). As a result of this round barrel I have difficulty getting leverage on that faceplate (with the turned platter still in place - which I would prefer to leave mounted). Note spindle is locked.
I expect I will indeed have to remove the platter and screw another piece onto the faceplate, then whack it....
That does make a difference. In this case I think a strap wrench is the way to go. I made one many years ago and it worked very well, Just a 2x2 with a piece of web belt attached so the belt tightens itself as you apply force to the 2x2.

This metal one looks the trick.
 

awldune

Sam
User
Strap wrenches should be easy to find at home improvement stores and auto parts stores. They are also handy to have around for opening jars :)
 

Henry W

HenryW
Senior User
And the solution that worked is.... (and one that didn't). Thanks for all the ideas.

Strap wrench I bought to open jars - well, I broke the plastic handle when I added a pipe to create more leverage. Does Kobalt have a lifetime guarantee on their hand tools? The rubber strap provided great grip, but alas did not allow impact to be transferred easily (band stretches and absorb the impact).

What did work : I removed work piece (platter) - albeit with a bit of difficulty. The screws on this 3 or 4" faceplate were about at the same diameter as the edge of the headstock - so getting tooling in there required just the right combo of tools. See pic.
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I used a ratcheting wrench and a short bit from a bit set to access - somewhat difficult to see, but you can make it out there.

Then I replaced work piece with a 2x4 approx 3' long - what is actually shown in the picture. Not easy to insert screws in SYP without being able to pre-drill holes or put much pressure on the bit. Eventually I used a metal plate to put pressure on the end of the bit until the threads started to grab.

Then after locking the head stock, a quick rap on this 2x4 loosened the face plate.

I believe the barrel (threaded portion) of the face plate is not quite as long as the Nova I have, and there it does not seat on the existing washer that was in place - I think the threads simply bottomed out.

I will use a thicker washer when I use this face plate, and I have filed two small opposing flats onto 'the barrel' in case this happens again. Thankfully it is Al so filing those was not difficult. BTW the clearance did not allow any of my several pipe wrenches to fit in the gap. and the outer ring was too large too grip.

Again I appreciate the assistance.

Back to turning.
 

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