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Removing Chuck from Lathe

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Blog entry by richgreer posted 01-18-2010 06:58 PM 893 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes my chuck gets so tight on the lathe it is very difficult to remove. There is no provision for putting a wrench on the chuck. You can get some leverage by inserting the chuck key but I have always been reluctant to apply too much pressure that way. The chuck key apparatus was not met for that purpose.

I prefer to use a boa constrictor wrench (a rubber belt wrench) but even with that it can be very hard to get the chuck loose.

Does anyone have a tip a tip on a better way to remove a chuck from the lathe?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.



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wchips

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 07:54 PM

go to www.packardwoodworks.com lath accessories anti lock spindle washers they worked fore me

-- wchips

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reggiek

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 08:06 PM

Wchips beat me to it….those washers are a lifesaver….I got so tired of wrenching…and even having to use a rubber mallet to get that thing to loosen….especially after using the lock bolt for turning in reverse.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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wchips

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 08:09 PM

after you get to lath accessories cilck on faceplates

-- wchips

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richgreer

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 08:11 PM

Thanks to each of you. I’d never heard of these but I am going to get one right away.
FYI – They don’t use the term “anti-lock” any more, but I found them with a search on “Spindle washers”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Les Casteel

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 01:00 AM

Before you buy spindle washers, you might try cutting some from the material in a gallon milk carton. I have in the past and they worked well.

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

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richgreer

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 01:12 AM

Thanks for the suggestion Les. I am sure it’s a good idea. However, for me it is too late. I already ordered the spindle washers.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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