|Review by OSU55||posted 03-03-2017 04:33 PM||886 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I’ve tried various methods of holding small diameter material in the lathe spindle with varying degrees of success – examples: tool handles or knobs with threaded inserts or a bolt head epoxied into the wood. I had looked at various collet chucking accessories available, with probably the best value at PSI tools, 4 sizes of collets for ~$95. At a wood show recently I saw this from Brown’s Best:
Priced at $20, I almost bought one but decided against it, in part because it was just one size. A little internet surfing turned up the pictured set of collets on ebay for $55 free shipping. 7 sizes, 1/8” to 1/2” in 1/16” increments, for an MT2 taper. A piece of 3/8-16 all-thread to thread into the back of the collets and go through the spindle head, and a shopmade threaded handle to tighten, and I’m in business. Now I can hold about any size screw, bolt, shaft in the spindle and turn the wood perfectly concentric to the center.