Easy DIY System For Eccentric Spindle Turning

Eccentric FaceplatesIn this video, I’m going into greater detail on the faceplates and system used in making the doubly eccentric magic wand.

The system consists of 2 faceplates, 4 brass pins, and some plastic countertop laminate. With the system, I can exactly index most eccentric spindle turnings that use a tail stock.

Although I made these faceplates for magic wands, now I have many, many other uses to make repeatable successful eccentric turnings.

Here’s a link to a video using these faceplates.

4 Responses to “Easy DIY System For Eccentric Spindle Turning”

  1. Bob says:


    You did not make these as you describe – or I really misunderstood the instructions.

    You list 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 inch radius circles and you, if I understood correctly, drilled 1/8 diameter holes. Had you done exactly this, the holes would be touching but your face plates show spaces between the holes of approximately the same size as the hole diameters.

    Are the circles really, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 in radius as they appear to be in the photo?

    • Alan says:

      The circles are as described. However, the holes drilled to the 3/8″ circle are on a line that is 45 degrees from the others.
      Otherwise, you are correct, the holes would overlap.
      Had I continued to create more holes, the next circle would have been at 3/4 and on the same line at 3/8. Therefore all holes would have been 3/8″ apart.
      To summarize:
      Line 1: Holes at 1/4, 1/2 spaced 1/4″ apart
      Line 2: Holes at 3/8 & 3/4 spaced 3/8″ apart Line 2 is at 45 degrees from Line 1.
      Line 3: Same as line 1 but at 90 degrees from line 1.
      Line 4: Same as line 2 but at 135 degrees from line 1.

      Great question. (It made me think) :)
      Alan Stratton

  2. Knowledge davis says:

    Hello how are you? I was wondering how much are your wands?