My Self Centering Chuck- Thanks Ger21!!

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Forum topic by lew posted 12-29-2009 11:24 PM 7961 views 2 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2009 11:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig plywood lathe turning

When Ger21 posted his self centering chuck, I knew I had to make one. Of course, I’m a cheap skate and used home made knobs and mounting block. Also, I didn’t have any 1/2” material so this is all 3/4” plywood.

What really worked out great is that I could reuse all of the holders created for my previous chuck- pictured here:

My mounting block could be a little smaller, in diameter- to allow the holders to get closer to the center, or using small wing nuts will do it, too. But for now, everything seems to working great.

Thanks for looking.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 11:29 PM

Well done…I need to make one of those. Thanks for the idea.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 01:07 AM

Wish I knew what the heck it was….and what it does….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 01:37 AM

when you spin the wooden disk while the wing-nuts are loose, the round holds move in as well at the same time, always keeping center. This allows you to chuck up things in a variety of different sizes. a lot of folks use this type setup to turn the tenon off of bowls and vases.

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 02:30 AM

The plastic knobs only cost me $8 for 6. I thought about making wood knobs, but only for a second.

Nice job.

-- Gerry,

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 03:47 AM

Looks like a great project! I will try makeing one, thanks for the idea, Good Job!

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 08:50 AM

Still need to get mine made. Still resting from the christmas rush.haha


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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