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#1 posted 04-05-2016 01:44 AM

By “long spindles,” I mean around eight or ten inches, max. Think in terms of ornaments, rattles, etc. More simply said, I have no interest in playing crack the [wooden] whip with a lathe.

It sounds like a good policy to do as much as can be done between centers, before dropping the tail stock.

Installing long spindles in a chuck without tailstock support very dangerous. Would think a Nova G3 or SN2 chuck with standard jaws would work well with the Delta 46-450. You can always buy additional jaws as you need later. JMHO can buy jaws to hold small work which will work better than most drill chucks. Drill chucks work fine for drilling but holding small work without tailstock support while turning can prove difficult. That no name tommy bar might be better option on your Jet mini.

Bought a Talon chuck body and spigot jaw set to hold small items, got tired of using drill chuck & tailstock support. I dread chianging jaws. My other Talon has #2 jaws that came with the chuck and works well with spindles, bowls, and hollow forms. Once learn how and when to use tenons and recesses will find standard jaws work well. I often turn between centers before mounting work in my chuck or faceplates.

- Wildwood

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