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post #1 of 4 Old 01-11-2009, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need help deciding on a chuck.

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Ok, I have made a few pens and I am wanting to try my hand at some other items also. Most of them look a harder so I may be bugging you for a lot of info. I was wanting to try a goblet or small bowl. but I will need a chuck for both of them(I think). I have G9247 Mini lathe.

3/4" x 16 TPI right hand spindle
5-15/16" swing over bed
3-1/4" swing over tool rest
12" between centers
M. T. #1 spindle taper and tailstock taper
1/4 H.P.

What type of chuck is economical and still do the job. Do you think that this lath will be strong enough to turn a small bowl or goblet?
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You don't need a chuck for either one. I used to turn goblets by simply mounting the blank to a faceplate. Remember where your screws are so you don't make the base too long and hit them.
When I used to turn bowls without a chuck I started them between centers. I would rough out the outside of the bowl and turn a tenon about 3" in diameter on the bottom. I would true up the outside portion of the tenon and the cut the area toward the center a little lower. Then I would remove it from the lathe and carve away the little tenon left.
Then I would put a wasteblock on the faceplate and true up the surface. I would turn the outside of the wasteblock to be the same diameter as the tenon on the bowl. Then I would glue these two together using the tenons for alignment. Your bowl is not ready to turn.
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You don't need a chuck for most things. There are ways around it, but a chuck just makes it alot easier. I have this chuck http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CMG3C.html. It comes with 3 different sets of jaws. I have mainly done bowls with it, it is a nice chuck for the money. You can also buy flat jaws for it which macks cleaning up the bottom of bowls real easy.

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You don't need a chuck for most things. There are ways around it, but a chuck just makes it alot easier. I have this chuck http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CMG3C.html. It comes with 3 different sets of jaws. I have mainly done bowls with it, it is a nice chuck for the money. You can also buy flat jaws for it which macks cleaning up the bottom of bowls real easy.
This chuck should be able to do anything you ask, within the size limitations of the lathe. Would be a good choice for the money....

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