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post #1 of 7 Old 02-02-2012, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Lathe chucks

Most of my turnings are furniture parts, between centers. Lately I did a few bowls though and really enjoyed it.

For big bowls, around 12" diameter, I always start between centers and then finish with a face-plate.

All my buddies use fancy chucks, that expand into a recess.

Trying to understand why a chuck is so necessary, at around $250 for something reasonable?
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You can turn without a chuck. Teknatool made the first woodturning scroll chuck in 88 so lots of stuff was turned for hundreds of years without one.
I am assuming with a faceplate you part off a waste block at the end or live with the screw holes.
That said, they do make it much easier/enjoyable to me. I have four Novas and the G3 will meet any requirements for a 12 lathe. There are other good chucks also. The G3 is available from their service center (reconditioned with warranty) for $75 (probably about $105 with insert and shipping) or on the bay for $125 new including insert of your choice and shipping.

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I turned bowls for more than couple years without a scroll chuck. Big advantage of a chuck is speed in mounting and remounting on the lathe.
Scroll chucks hold blanks by screw center, expansion inside recess or contraction gripping a tenon.

After reading an article and recommendation in American Wood Worker Magazine bought a Oneway Chuck. That article on line somewhere, think in Google books. Bought a Talon chuck not reviewed in article due to size of my lathe. Prior to that had no-name China tommy bar chuck with three different jaw set used on both 12”X36” and mini lathe.

After upgrading my lathe bought new insert and have since bought a second Talon chuck body and set of #1 jaws. Gave away China chuck and jaws when sold mini lathe.

I like Nova, Oneway, and Vicmarc chucks whether tommy bars or key operated. ry_Code=chuck

Shop around for best price if decide to get one.
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here is a link to a you tube video there is 13 episodes taking you right through making a bowl without a chuck
it is a lot easer whit a chuck and faster

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Woohoo, I have a OneWay Talon chuck with an extra #3 set of jaws on its way. Can't wait for the UPS man to visit.

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I have 3 Talons, one with regular jaws, one with spigot jaws and one with jumbo jaws to finish bowl bottoms. Makes lief so much easier.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I turned with faceplates for many years. Here's a few tips. Drill more holes so you have more screws to put in. I have a minimum of 6 holes and usually 8 on 3" faceplates.
Counter sink the holes on the wood side. This keeps the fibers that are pulled out of the wood by the screw from keeping the wood from sitting flat.
Drill a center hole in the faceplate. Then make a sharpened pin to punch through the center hole and leave a mark on the wood. You can turn the outside of the bowl and then the inside. then you can take the bowl off the faceplate reverse it onto another faceplate that has a rounded scrapewood block with sandpaper or rubber on it. Then you can use the tailstock in the center mark left by the punch to accurately center the piece for turning away the waste wood on the base of the bowl.
that being said I now have 4 chucks and want another one. My time is very limited and it's just so nice to be able to simply grab a chuck with the correct jaws and start turning. Actually I want 2 more. One for my 5" jaws and one for my Jumbo jaws.
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