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post #1 of 5 Old 12-10-2015, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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first time post on the turning forum. just got new bearings put in a Rockwell 1460 and the motor (1/2 hp GE). this model does not have the jackshaft, just a 4 step pulley to the drive spindle. have a cheap 8 pc spindle turner set of tools.

am looking to turn bowls for Christmas, and curious about chucks. don't want to spend $$$$$. probably been discussed million times here. is there a recommended model in the $100 (or less)range?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-10-2015, 02:27 PM
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Wood turning is another great facet of woodworking, and there probably are many members here at this forum that enjoy making wood lathe projects! Consider going on line and type in "wood lathe equipment" to get a variety of dealers/sellers. Be safe.
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I am a beginning turner as well and wanted to turn bowls and picked up the WoodRiver chuck they sell at Woodcraft. I think it runs right around $100 and they currently have a $10 off coupon until Christmas Eve so it would be a bit cheaper. I've turned a few bowls with it and have no complaints. You'll just need to know the correct thread on the headstock so you can buy the right threaded insert to fit your lathe.
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Without the jackshaft your lathe's lowest speed is 915 rpm, which is too fast for bowls. Unless your blanks are round and well balanced before you start.

That said, good chucks aren't cheap but there are some beginners' level chucks that can get you by.

Entry level

Better (I have one of these)

Better still

Caveat emptor with chucks - you get what you pay for.

Dave in CT, USA
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Do you have a faceplate? I so just use that. Chucks aren't needed. If the bowl blank is shallow put a waste block on the faceplate and glue the bowl blank to that. I drill holes in the center of all my faceplates if they don't already have a hole. Then after I screw the waste block on I drill it the same size. Now you can mark the center of your turning blank and by sighting through the hole get it very close to dead center when you glue it down.
In the past I used to turn the wasteblock round. Then I would put the bowl blank between centers and face off the bottom and turn a very shallow tenon that matches the wasteblock. This would align them perfectly and since I face both off so they are flat I get a better glue surface as well.
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