1-1/4" Treen & Lid Mandrels
These new mandrels allow you to turn small lidded bottles and vases with minimum effort and maximum precision. (See "Treen," in box below.) The 1 1/4" Bottle Mandrel is sharpened on its business end so that it bites into the inside bottom of a vessel when you apply pressure to it with your lathe's tail stock, an arrangement which holds the work securely, eliminating chatter and allowing you to make the piece quite thin without fear of shattering the wood. The matching Lid Mandrel does not require the use of the tail stock, giving you more latitude in turning the lid. Also included with the mandrel set is a Gauge Ring for checking the fit of your lid. Both the mandrels are secured with set screws on a #1 or #2 Morse Taper. Knowing that many of you already own a taper, we offer it separately. However, for minimum run-out and a really snug fit we suggest that you purchase one of the matching tapers sold here.
The system includes, in addition to the Mandrels, Fittings for assembling the lid & stopper of the bottle (which are turned separately from each other) and a Cork Sheet for lining the stopper. You will need one set of fittings for each lid & stopper that you turn, or you may purchase The Treen Mandrel Convertor. See Below.
Treen (tre / en) are small, utilitarian items such as carved spoons and porringers, bowls, lidded boxes and toys (tops, for example or pick-up sticks,) which are "made from a tree." Though the term is an antique one, it is an apt description, we think, of many of the small items now being turned from wood.
Treen Mandrel Convertor
This precision steel Convertor is designed for turners who want to produce treen in wholesale quantities and would prefer to dispense with the aluminum fittings. It attaches to the Treen Lid Mandrel and is essentially an internal expanding collet which fits into a 1/2" hole. Both lid and stopper can be turned on this device, then assembled with a short piece of 1/2" dowel.