What is the correct way to attach a 4 way chuck?

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Forum topic by Cathy Krumrei posted 11-20-2007 06:54 PM 1354 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cathy Krumrei

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11-20-2007 06:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe question 4 way chuck

Well, I WAS going to do a project on my lathe. But for saftey reasons I decided not to continue until I know some answers. I wanted to try the icicles but my 4 way chuck is fighting me all the way! LOL I have the piece on the machine and when I go to put the wood on I can’t seem to get the chucks up against the wood properly. hmmm I had turned them to have the longer part hold the piece and maybe my problem is the pieces isn’t big enough but it is SO close to being there! But saftey first. One of the ? I have is how tight is the nuts on the other side suppose to be..hand or wrench tightened? It would be nice to have a video on the proper way to attach. From A-Z. On the other side of the chucks (maybe wrong wording) there is 3 steps for differant sizes of wood. But man I am leary about that on holding the wood. Maybe I am being to cautious but power tools can hurt! So any information I’ll be watching for and then I can do some fun stuff. I didn’t know where to ask so I just added it here. If there is a folder to ask..let me know and I’ll put things in there which I’m sure will be used alot by me. (yup a real novice here!)

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#1 posted 11-20-2007 07:10 PM

What brand of 4 way chuck do you have? This link might help if you have a Nova chuck: , and I hope this helps. I have a three jaw that uses two handles that I insert and twist to tighten the jaws. The jaws move together whether tightening or loosening.

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#2 posted 11-23-2007 07:16 PM

Hi Krum.
I was just looking at some videos on glue tube, by Fine woodworking, & I noticed a lot of videos on turning.

Check this out.

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#3 posted 11-24-2007 01:23 PM

Thanks for the videos. I decided to take a break and go back later to see what I was doing wrong. I discovered I had put the “pins” in wrong. Sometimes you try TOO hard. So now I got past that part and will enjoy seeing these videos and learn more. Thanks for the information.

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