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Forum topic by Raftermonkey posted 09-01-2010 10:33 PM 1383 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2010 10:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question chuck lathe turning wtb

Hey everybody, as some of you know, I am new to turning, and now I am at a stand still. I am looking for a decent, used 4 jaw chuck 1” 8 TPI. I know absolutely nothing about chucks except that I can’t afford a new $150-250 one. I have been going the glued on waste block route but am getting pretty frustrated because of the difficulties centering up my piece. I have stopped turning untill I can get a chuck. I just can’t keep messing up great pieces of wood. I really don’t know what size I need. The average size of the bowls I make is 8”, 12” being the largest. If you know what I need to be looking for or have an extra chuck laying around that you don’t use, let me know.


-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 10:57 PM

First I have to say that I have no knowledge about chucks costing less than $150 so I really can’t help you in selecting a chuck. However, I have a thought to share.

I find that I am using face plates and waste blocks more and more for the precise reason that you want to use a chuck. I find it much easier to center a piece and get it in balance with a face plate.

A suggestion – - Before mounting a bowl blank, set up your lathe with a drive spindle and tail stock. Mount the bowl blank between the 2 spindles and tighten gently. The blank should turn freely on the spindles. Turn the blank 180 degrees and release. The first time it will probably spin back to its original position. Move the blank around between the spindles until you can turn the blank 180 degrees and it stays put. Now your blank is in almost perfect balance. Of course, try to keep your blank perpendicular while doing this.

Note, if you are using a waste block, glue it on before doing this.

Mark the final holes for the 2 spindle and attach your face plate.

This is a technique that does not work with chucks.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 11:57 PM

Hi Zeke. I think you would be better of buying a new one. You will use the heck out of it once you have it. Gluing to waste blocks and separating them takes a lot of time- especially if you ever have to remount it. Take a look at Grizzly. I bought my 3 3/4” chuck from them a few years ago for $74- they are now $100 but it works so nice and has multiple hex drive places around it so you can chuck something up pretty quickly. I’m looking at the catalog right now and it is model 6265 with a 1”-8 thread for $99.99. The nice thing about these is that if you want to use it on another lathe with a different spindle thread, you can call their Customer Service and get a bushing with the other thread for $15. I have 3 different bushings for mine. I can use it on the Craftsman 12” lathe, the HF mini lathe and the Southbend metal lathe.
Their phone number is 1-800 523 4777

I do find cases where I have to use waste blocks like when I mount segments to it to make rings for parts of projects, but the chuck is the most widely used holding device once you have turned the blank between centers to get it round and close to shape.
You’ll never regret that purchase.
Man this is sounding like a commercial but it is a tool I really use a lot!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 11:22 AM

Woodcraft has a Nova 4 jaw chuck for about $75.00 that is a decent chuck. It is 1” & 8 TPI. It is designed for the smaller midi-lathe’s like the one that I have. I also have this chuck and have found it adequate for my needs so far.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 09-14-2010 12:57 AM

I use a NOVA adjustable bought off ebay for 70 bucks for my low end jet 1236. works fantastic.

-- Kyle Edwards,, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 02:34 AM

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 02:50 AM

I have no chucks to sell, Raftermonkey.

Those look pretty good, Kindlingmaker, but I’m with Rich on this one. I bought cold-rolled steel discs from the local metal supply and made three face plates weekend before last- 3”, 4” and 6”. I have a Record lathe, the thread is 3/4”-16 TPI, and I didn’t want to spend the money to buy from overseas. But then, I have access to a metal lathe and milling machine, which a lot of people don’t.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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