Home made Cole Jaws for my Nova G3 chuck

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Project by jeff posted 11-22-2015 06:17 AM 1995 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspiration came from here and Cole Jaws are made of 3/4”red oak,turned to 10-1/2” round.I used 1/4”x 2” hanger bolts inserted and ca glued into oak dowels and then inserted those dowels into the rubber leg tips and then a nut/washer to secure them on the jaws.The dowels match the size of the rubber leg tips,no glue and they fit really snug.The moment of truth-I was able to finish the bottoms of a few mesquite bowls I turned some months ago.The jaws spun nice and round and worked perfectly and held the bowls tight.I spent a little over $20.00 for this project.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 02:13 PM

Very nice work, Thanks for the post, I have wanted to make one for some time now, lathe work is my favorite but I have been doing so many other things it has been hard to get back to it. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 03:02 PM

Great idea!

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 03:53 PM

very cool!

-- Reece Althoff,

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 06:46 PM

Thanks for this. I plan on (finally) being able to order a chuck in about mid-January. I’ve been thinking about making a set of these to go with it.

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 07:35 PM

Great idea. I have been wanting some Cole jaws for some time now. Time to get busy, thanks for posting.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 07:43 PM

Great. I have paid E 100 for the metal version.


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#7 posted 11-23-2015 01:02 AM

Thx everyone.I think the key in making these work well is to be accurate with your layout ect.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 11-23-2015 01:23 AM

This is really cool! Nicely done

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#9 posted 02-01-2016 09:59 AM

I was planning to buy a set BUT this seems like I could make a set. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#10 posted 09-28-2016 02:02 PM

Nice project Jeff. That is very useful.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#11 posted 09-28-2016 02:33 PM

a lot nicer looking then the metal ones …...... I bet they work better also … you saved about 80 bucks …...... would like to have this set up …......... but ah I need a self centering chuck….... I only own a 4 jaw independent … ........ :((((( ....... GREAT JOB….......GRATZ TOP 3


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