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05-02-2016 09:50 PM

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I am looking for a jaw chuck that will fit the old tube bed craftsman lathe. I am looking to start making small bowls for a turkey call. Just checking to see if anyone knows of a specific one that’ll fit that model.


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#1 posted 05-02-2016 09:57 PM

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#2 posted 05-02-2016 10:57 PM

The live center should work fine.
The chuck you show is really a metal working chuck and the jaws are independent, not scroll.
My chucks are Nova and the G3 will work well ($99), you will need the proper insert.
There are a lot of chuck brands which are good and have chucks in the $100 range, most all will require the proper insert.
I have no idea of the quality but here is a Grizzly with the proper jaw profile for gripping wood.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/G8783?utm_campaign=zPage

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#3 posted 05-02-2016 11:45 PM

So what kind of insert do I need to get?

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#4 posted 05-03-2016 12:26 AM

This is the Nova chuck I was referring to; sixth one down.
http://www.tools-plus.com/nova-lathes-48202.html
The Insert you would need is the I9NS
Nova Lathes I9NS Chuck Insert/Adaptor 3/4’’ 16 Thread

With an insert style chuck, if you move to a different lathe you only need to buy a new appropriate insert for the new spindle size.

The Grizzly I posted above is direct threaded for 3/4X16 so it will fit your lathe with no insert.
PSI may also make a direct threaded chuck to fit your lathe.

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#5 posted 05-03-2016 12:42 AM

Thanks for the info! This really helps me out!

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#6 posted 05-03-2016 12:00 PM

Once again, Lee is correct. You dont want a metal chuck. You want one that looks like this.
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And the insert will look like this.
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#7 posted 11-30-2017 08:05 AM

LeeMills, if I get Grizzly chuck, what insert will I need?

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#8 posted 12-01-2017 09:18 PM

The Grizzly I linked to above appears to be direct threaded so no insert is necessary.
It is also a tommy bar style which is OK and makes it less expensive. I used that type for the first year.
If you ever move to a newer/larger lathe you may not be able to use the Grizzly. Even though it is more $$ you can use the Nova with virtually any lathe by changing the insert.
I didn’t look at all the Grizzly line of chucks, they may also have some that use inserts.

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#9 posted 12-01-2017 10:39 PM

I believe that lathe has a 3/4-16 spindle… best bang for the buck IMO is the Baracuda for $139 at PennState… comes in a nice case, has 4 different jaw sets along with a woodworm screw, and mounts natively to a 1”x8tpi spindle, but comes packaged with a 3/4”-16tpi insert which should fit your lathe (so nothing else you would need to purchase).

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Brad

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