Longworth chuck

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Project by Paul Jenkins posted 05-09-2015 09:37 AM 1847 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made one or two bowls where its only been after the fact I’ve realised I can’t finish the bottom because my cole jaws aren’t large enough, so it was time to build a longworth chuck!

Longworth hardware ‘kit’ + phenolic resin coated plywood + 4” faceplate. Much cheaper than the several hundred needed for the same size.

Lesson learnt: don’t think “good enough” is good enough when it comes to accurately marking out. I should have found my dang good compass and used that rather than the awful stanley one. Cumulative errors added up to me needing to use M6 bolts instead of the supplied 1/4” bolts for it to slide easily.

Video of construction, for those interested.

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#1 posted 05-09-2015 12:12 PM

Nice job!
Once I get the new lathe in and set up, I’m gonna hafta make me one of these bad boys!

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#2 posted 05-09-2015 08:52 PM

Nice Work! The coated plywood will make adjustments much easier.

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 05:45 AM

Thanks for this sharing this Paul. On assembly when aligning the slots for the bolts, is it long slot to long slot or long slot to short slot? Also, when chucking up a bowl do you tighten the bolts in an alternating sequence? Finally, is there a recommended maximum rpm for your longworth?

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 06:21 AM

@lew I just love the colour – I want to make all my jigs out of it!

@woodcox long slot to long slot. I’ve heard people go both alternating sequence or sequentially. I think so long as it is good and tight and you’re being sensible it probably doesn’t matter too much. Just like cole jaws or any other reversing jaws, erring on the side of caution is usually a good idea – light passes and ‘lowish’ RPMs. For mid-to-large bowls, 600rpm or lower is what I’d be aiming for.

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 05:04 PM

Hello Paul

Very nice and instructive video

What is the diameter ?

In my favorite to make one in the future weeks

Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 05-10-2015 08:46 PM

My chuck is about 400mm, because the swing over my lathe is ~406mm (16”). It just barely clears the lathe ways. I could have swung my lathe headstock to do outboard turning, but I don’t think its likely that I’ll be doing bowls that large for awhile.

When you make it, just be sure to measure your lathe to make sure it’ll fit on!

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#7 posted 05-10-2015 10:29 PM

Very nice job on that chuck. I have one and it sure comes in handy some times. you’ll love using it.


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