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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 03-08-2016 09:11 PM 890 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2016 09:11 PM

I bought a Nova chuck set and when it came in I see the insert adapter that spins the chuck onto my lathe is a big hex nut, so I’m gonna need a 1.5” wrench to fit it. . (Unlike my faceplate which has holes so I can use 2 steel pins to break it free)

I look thru my tool box and my wrench set stops at 1.25” DRAT! Only other thing I have is a giant adjustable wrench that is too thick to fit between the chuck and the lathe, so that’s no good. SO a quick scan of the Interwebs and I see the “spanner wrench” sold for this is about $22. Me being the frugal guy that I am think to myself ”Oh heck no. I can MAKE one of those”.

So I dig thru my pile of steel and find a piece of 3/16” steel that’s 2.5” wide and almost 18” long. PERFECT.


Make a few pencil marks, get out my trusty Makita 4.5” grinder and start cutting. Few more minutes on the bench grinder and wire wheel, and in about an hour… VIOLA! One spanner wrench, ready to go!
Here’s a few pix of the process






Ok, so now that I have the wrench, all I gotta do is learn how to use the chuck !

Thanks for looking. Comments welcomed.

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 09:21 PM

good to go now joe

if you can’t chuck it

wrench it

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 09:24 PM

That’s ingenuity!

I hate to tell you now but if you make a plastic washer from a peanut butter lid, you probably wont need a wrench.


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#3 posted 03-08-2016 10:56 PM

Well done Joe…A good pile of bits & pieces will always come in handy….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 11:22 PM

Looks good, Joe!

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 11:34 PM

Good job, Joe! Although, I thought you were gonna make one outta wood…
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 03-09-2016 01:02 AM

Way to get it done, Joe!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#7 posted 03-09-2016 01:32 AM

Nice, but why didn’t you use your plasma cutter? :-)

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#8 posted 03-09-2016 02:01 AM

Joe … be careful with that much leverage …

That’s a BIG wrench. Good job.

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#9 posted 03-09-2016 02:53 AM

Nice job. Sometime with Novas it take quite a bit of leverage to seat the insert. Transfer of power is made from the end of the insert mating with the interior. I have threaded the inserts in by hand, clamped the hex in my vice, then used a cheater bar (5/8 gouge) in the jaws for leverage.

I like the center find ruler. They really come in handy for marking when you split a log to remove the pith.

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#10 posted 03-09-2016 03:01 AM

It needs something, I know:

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#11 posted 03-09-2016 03:59 AM

Joe, if you lock your grub screw onto the insert, you can use that 1.25” wrench by putting it between the jaws and loosen it with the spindle locked when removing your chuck. That’s all I’ve done for the last several years. Still haven’t found the 1 1/2” wrench yet, so it’s easy. A piece of wood would work also. ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#12 posted 03-09-2016 03:50 PM

Nice fabrication Joe

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#13 posted 03-09-2016 04:38 PM

Good job Joe and thanks for sharing. I also have a super Nova 2 ….I’ll copy your idea if you don’t mind. if you do, lemme know…. thanks again Joe ! How you doing now that you are settled in.

Don S Havana Fl.

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#14 posted 03-10-2016 08:20 PM

Thanks for all the comments.

Jerry I didn’t even think of just “grabbing” something in the jaws to use as leverage, but this will let me take the piece off the lathe while the chuck is still mounted.

John, when I was with Snap-on I did play around with a plasma cutter, but never invested in one. It really IS a pretty cool toy !

Rick, Now that you mention it, I do believe I’ve seen the tip for the jar lid washer on here in the past.

Candy, It wood have to have been a pretty dang strong piece of wood !

Don, Go for it. Was rather easy once I found the piece of steel in my shop.

Lee, I use that center-finder rule for TONS of stuff in my shop. It’s really handy.

Thank you Dave, Crowie, SuperCubber. SignWave, Roger and Tyvek. Appreciate it.

And last but not least… woodbutcher. I took your advice. The spray paint I have that says it’s “chrome” really DOESN’T look chrome when you shoot it. Comes out more like silver or aluminum. So I used some Rustoleum hammered finish. And I’m certain I have some old Snap-on stickers here somewhere, but couldn’t find any at the moment. So I cut the pin off a hatpin and super glued it on. That will hafta do for now. !



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#15 posted 03-11-2016 05:26 AM

EXCELLENT! It would look good in this.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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