Lathe Chuck and chisels

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Blog entry by Craig Havran posted 04-25-2011 02:25 PM 4414 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alright turners. I’m pretty new to the club and am starting to gather info for my chess set that I want to make. I know I’m going to need a chuck to hold the pieces, but with the vast difference in prices and accessories that come with some, I’m at a loss. If any of you out there have suggestions, I would love to hear them while I gather information on my own. Price is important, but I need quality (i know, kinda needy). Right now, my front runner is the Nova Midi.
I am also going to need a smaller set of chisels I’m assuming as the only set I have is the large Steelex set that I got with my lathe. Suggestions on these will also be appreciated. Thank you for your time.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 02:39 PM

Chucks are really handy to have, but you could do chess pieces without one. Woodturned chess pieces are mostly spindles, and can be turned between centers.

Amazon has books about it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 04:23 PM

I can’t tell you too much about turning chess pieces, but as Hairy says, you may be able to do this without a chuck. In my opinion, getting each piece the same is going to be a challenge. This could be done with a duplicator I guess, but I don’t hear much good about these. Maybe a profile scraper could be fashioned… Just a thought. As for chucks…. All turner will need one at some point. I own the oneway talon, and think it is just great. From other forums that I frequent, I think as far as chucks go you get what you pay for… Yes the oneways are not cheap, but will last a lifetime.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 06:15 AM

You do not need a chuck for chess pieces, like hairy said they are done spindle style. I have a set in my projects and used standard size tools. You are in for some real fun doing those pieces, I though it would be easy but was in for a real suprise. Those little pawns all sitting in a row better be exactly alike or they stand out like a sore thumb. Good luck in your endevor, making them is alot of fun and you’ll get alot of turning experience.

-- Tom D

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Craig Havran

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 03:34 PM

One step ahead of you Tom… I’m going to call this an “Abstract” chess set. Therefore, any subsequent un-uniformness shown by the Pawns will be considered intentional. :-) Thank you all for your comments.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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