Invariably when using the faceplate the total assembly, workpiece plus clamps, will
be very irregular and far from balanced. To improve this, weights of some form need
to be added. Photo 1 shows that a stack of two rectangular pieces have been added
whilst Photo 2 shows tee nuts being used.
Unfortunately, due to the friction in the lathe’s headstock, a near perfect balance
is difficult to achieve. If say a small hole needs boring, requiring a high spindle
speed, the lathe will vibrate unacceptably.
Photo 3 shows a balancing fixture that I have made that overcomes this problem as
it has very free running shop made bearings. LINK
Photo 4 shows that it can also hold the angle plate horizontally which enables workpieces
to be positioned and secured much easier than when fitted to the lathe, then moved
to the vertical position for balancing.