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Forum topic by HapHazzard posted 03-22-2016 02:19 AM 852 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2016 02:19 AM

Has anybody here used these? They look pretty useful—customizable, made to fit all Nova chucks. Trouble is, I don’t have a Nova chuck. I have a PSI Barracuda CSC2000C. I’m wondering if I’d be better off getting these and “customizing” them to fit, or just getting some nylon and rolling my own.

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#1 posted 03-22-2016 11:06 AM

Did not know what you were talking about so looked them up. JMHO opinion would not waste my time or money buying them or making my own.

Guess can go either way if feel you must have a set!

Good luck with it!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 03-22-2016 01:28 PM

I have used them and they are nice when making multiple items.

They probably will not fit your PSI chuck.

I would get some thick stable stock (maybe 1.5”) and mark the screw holes from your PSI jaws.
Drill and mount your stock to the chuck and turn true.
Mark the jaw locations, remove from the chuck and saw into quarters. If the cuts are not 100% accurate they will still form a true circle when reinstalled in the proper order.
Then shape the jaws to your requirements. The 1.5” thickness will give you plenty of room without getting down to the screw heads. You may be able to change to 4-5 different uses before the wood is wasted away.

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#3 posted 03-22-2016 09:28 PM

So what do you want to turn with a soft jaw set?

Looking Teknatool link already provided you need tailstock support to keep item stable & safe.

Other ideas might want to look at.

What others have done with aluminum, plastic & wood.

I made several donut chucks over the years to keep from marring inside of a bowl when reverse turning. Always felt safer reverse turning without tailstock support. Way better than cole or jumbo jaws. Lot easier to build than a Longworth chuck. Now days just jam chuck, with piece of carpet or foam rubber between wood & inside a bowl, yes need tailstock support. Lot less fussing with alignment than using a donut chuck. Can complete 99% of bowl bottom that way. Yes have to deal with small nib that either break off or cut away. Yes have to sand & finish off the lathe.

-- Bill

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