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Posted on whats your best woodturning chuck? or what's your ideal chuck today?

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 05:30 PM

Alistair, I am old school and never have used a chuck for vessel turning. I have relied on the old John Read system with a central hub and face plates that screw onto the hub. It allows you to leave the plate on the work and work on another piece. You are only limited to the number of face plates of various sizes that you own that can be screwed onto the hub. You can buy hubs for each size lathe shaft you own and the face plates are universal. Unfortunately I see that since John Read’s passing, the patent has been sold and they have gone out of production and I am now limited to Craft Supplies Co. in Utah. because woodcraft no longer stocks the system. So I have been buying up the face plates as I can. they came in 3,4,and5” sizes. I have never used a chuck . I understand from friends that they all preferred the Axminster system, they will be sorry to see that it is now going to be difficult to get jaws etc. It is a made in England system isn’t it ? I would think the chuck itself should last for a long time, but I know very little of such things..just too old I guess ! Good luck my friend ! and I hope you have enough jaw sets to keep you in business for some time. Take care of yourself , your North Florida friend don schneider, porchfish studio…P.S. almost finished building Model #2 of the Snappy-Ass tool Co. lathe ! I’ll post a photo or two when it is complete !

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