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post #1 of 22 Old 04-15-2012, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Cole jaws build

First off, let me start by saying that in no way, shape, or form, is the idea for these jaws of my own doing. I got the instructions on line and I just took some pictures as I was going to pass the information on to you fine folks as I like to do.
The dilema started when I priced One Way's jumbo jaws for the lathe. I was shocked at the price of them and decided to ask if anyone here had made their own. I got a ton of great information from you guys and decided to make my own Cole jaws and post a build/tutorial thread. So, here we go.

I started of with a 10" X 10" square of 1/2" plywood and drawing a line from corner to corner, I marked the center.
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I then removed the jaws from my chuck and laid them out on the plywood. I marked the position of the mounting holes and carefully drilled and countersunk for the plywood to accept the bolts. The hole in the top left corner was just me testing drill size for the bolts in the waste area.
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The next step was to draw the circumference of my "Kenbo jaws" .
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Time to cut the circumference. I chose to use the scroll saw, but you can use the band saw, jig saw or whatever your little heart desires.
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I then drew a line, 22.5 degrees on either side of each center line. These lines will provide equal spacing of our hold downs at a later step.
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You should now have something that resembles this.
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I then mounted the disc onto my jaw chuck using the bolts that normally hold the jaws in place. I then mounted the chuck on my lathe.
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Starting from the outside and measuring in, I marked lines on the disc at 1/2" incrememts. These will be the lines for adjusting the rubber feet that hold your work.
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I then turned the disc round, and rounded the edges to soften them a little. Using my parting tool, I cut a groove at each 1/2" increment that I marked in the previous step. These don't have to be too deep, they are just to make the lines permanent.
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I then drilled a 1/8" holes along the 22.5 degree lines that we drew earlier at each of the "permanent" lines that we made with our parting tool. I can't explain it much better than that. Here's a pic.
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I purchase some of these rubber bumpers from that big orange place for this project. They are rather inexpensive and worked very well for this application.
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Using my scroll saw (again) I seperated the sections of the "Kenbo jaws" and sanded each piece. I used a wood burner to number each piece clockwise. I did this because I want to be able to mount them in the same configuration each time. My straight lines were not as straight as they could have been and on my next set that I make, I will pay more attention to that when seperating the pieces.
I then mounted the rubber bumpers, upside down using a 1" screw and a #10 flat washer. I mounted them in the appropriate row of permanent lines to suit my project. I then used the existing mounting hardware and bolted my new Kenbo jaws to my chuck. It looks like this.
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I then mounted my chuck on the lathe, secured my bowl and proceded to turn the bottom of my project.
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I had a lot of fun making this project and was very happy with the results. So happy, in fact, that I probably could have crapped rainbows.

I hope that by posting this simple little tutorial, that some of you will try and make your own as well. I would like to point out, that these type of jaws are not rated for full speed turning. Take it easy, with light cuts and lower speeds. Safety first guys.
Thanks for looking.

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Now that is cool.

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great job...may have to steal that one

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Very nice Kenbo.
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No lathe for me. But it looks like it would be nice for the shop. Looks nice ken.

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Nice job! FYI for anyone making these, One way recommends max speed of 1000 rpm on there jumbo jaws.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Thumbs up Just in time!

Awesome, this is just what I needed! I have the mini cole jaws for my G3 and they arnt quite big enough for my project. This post came just in time, thanks a bunch!
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This is a perfect example of why I love this forum.

I hope you see that as the compliment that it's meant to be, Kenbo.

Thanks. That thing is awesome.
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Thanks for taking the extra time to document and photo your steps, Ken -- and nice work, btw.

One thing I discovered when using Cole jaws -- pay attention when stopping the lathe.

I once turned off the power without slowing it all the way down first, and the inertia of the spinning chuck plus those big jaws was enough to unscrew the chuck from the drive shaft. Luckily it didn't break anything.

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Now that is so cool. Good job as always Kenbo.
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Thanks for posting your steps. I've seen these made from plywood before but wasn't sure how well they worked. Since you seem to be fairly happy with them , looks like I'll give it a shot and build me a set.

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Nice job and a good idea altough it wasn't your own.

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Very very cool, Kenbo. Thanks for sharing and linking this thread in the tutorial link. If I ever get back out to my shop I might even get a chance to build some of these since I want to do a couple bowls with some blanks I got from TexasTimbers.
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I purchase some of these rubber bumpers from that big orange place for this project. They are rather inexpensive and worked very well for this application.
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Using my scroll saw (again) I seperated the sections of the "Kenbo jaws" and sanded each piece. I used a wood burner to number each piece clockwise. I did this because I want to be able to mount them in the same configuration each time. My straight lines were not as straight as they could have been and on my next set that I make, I will pay more attention to that when seperating the pieces.
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I then mounted my chuck on the lathe, secured my bowl and proceded to turn the bottom of my project.
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I had a lot of fun making this project and was very happy with the results. So happy, in fact, that I probably could have crapped rainbows.

I hope that by posting this simple little tutorial, that some of you will try and make your own as well. I would like to point out, that these type of jaws are not rated for full speed turning. Take it easy, with light cuts and lower speeds. Safety first guys.
Thanks for looking.
thanks you just saved me around 100$ from this thread. keep em coming love your work
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rainbows or not ..... I like it
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Another great kenbo creation.

WOW.
It is very interesting how we can be so creative when we need to be.
I like the jaws.

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So happy, in fact, that I probably could have crapped rainbows.
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Nice chuck. It should serve you well. I know you said it isn't your idea but I like it. It's pretty clever.
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