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When I bought the Nova chuck for my lathe, I ended up getting three different sets of jaws for it. Since I can only use one at a time, I built little boxes to hold the jaws that aren't being used.

They're very simple: a 3/4" thick pine offcut from my bookshelves, with a groove to hold the jaws carved into it; four 3/8" thick mitered sides glued to that base; and another piece of 3/4" pine with a rabbet cut all the way around so it sits in the top of the box. Once the sides were glued on, I took each box to the belt sander and cleaned up the edges. The chuck box got a couple walnut splines to strengthen the mitered corners. I painted the front of each box with a different color paint so I could tell which was which, as well as which way the lid fits on. Used a couple coats of Real Milk Paint on the aqua and brick red boxes, followed by a few coats of shellac. The purple one is some violet TransTint dye in shellac. And the box for the chuck is just plain shellac.

They fit in my lathe accessories box and help keep that a little better organized.

Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas!

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Wow some fancy well made boxes for the lathe parts.
 

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Neat, convenient boxes, great storage idea.
 

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Thanks Peter! They're not too fancy. I don't think any of them is actually a square. But with pine and a belt sander, it's possible to make them look well-made pretty quickly!

Thanks, Oldrivers! I'm a little less worried about discovering I'm missing a piece when I go to use them now.
 

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just a quick ? out of curiosity why the different colors ? nice organization GREAT JOB :<))
 

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Different colors for a couple reasons, Tony.

1 - so I could tell the different size jaws apart quickly
2 - so I could test out the different colors before using them on another project

I'm not sure which was more important, but my "Home" sign didn't get painted until I had tried the aqua milk paint on the 1" box, one coat on the top, and two on the front, and decided that two coats before any shellac was the right finishing recipe.
 

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You are way more organized than I Dave. Nice little project!
 

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OMG here we go!

you should build a little wagon to put them in!

You could call it the Chuck Wagon!

sorry!!!
 

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Thanks, Duck. I'm not all that organized yet, and still have two boxes of tools I haven't even unpacked yet from the move. If I don't do things like this, I'll probably lose tools in my own shop.

Thanks, Rob! That was a good laugh for me and my sweetie.
 

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Fine work Dave, always happy to see care for tools and here even colour coded.
Smiles and Merry Christmas,
Mads
 

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Nice work, these should protect the components well, keep them from bumps & dings.
 

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Thanks! Surely will protect them a lot better than just dumping them loose into a bigger box.
 

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Dave I have to agree the boxes are a good idea. Color coded will give you quick access. I see you making many more in the future since accessories for a lathe can grow faster than weeds.
Hope your Christmas was a great one.
 

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Agreed Dave. The box I built for under the lathe is still big enough today, but if I don't keep it organized, it's already not very useful. I'm going to be turning handles for a new turning saw (one that uses standard coping saw blades, since my existing coping saw frame is pretty junky) today, and thinking about it, I'm going to need the smallest chuck jaws, plus the drill chuck… maybe something else, too. Luckily, I can see all of those pieces easily since building these little boxes.

Spent part of the day in the shop, getting another bookcase done, then had a walk with my sweetie, during which one of the neighbors gave us a bunch of pastries, had a good dinner, and watched Die Hard 2. Pretty dang good day, I'd say, but then most of our days are pretty dang good.

Hope you had a great Christmas as well, and the Lil Guy got to spend the day tearing around with his cart. ;-)
 

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Hi Dave. I was wondering if you have intentions of enclosing the lathe stand and tuning it into a cabinet for storage in the future. I'm not sure if you mentioned this in a earlier post. Depending on the depth of the stand you may be able to get a few drawers in there too. Just a suggestion if you haven't thought about it yet.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/91167
I built a stand for mine to fit my needs then shortly after figure I could fit most of the accessories into the cabinet. It's not for everyone just throwing it out there.
 

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I might do that in the future, Dave. The way I tend to build shop furniture is a little bit at a time. Then I realize it's not big enough and upgrade it. Or add drawers. Or something. For now, a box or two sitting on the rails of the existing metal stand, plus a cleat-hung tool rack on the wall seem to be enough, but as you said, lathe accessories multiply like gremlins taking a bath, so I'll probably be adding something before too much longer.

Thanks for the idea!
 
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