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TopamaxSurvivor

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08-11-2010 07:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chuck turning universal one size fits all

Hi turners,

I have been thinking about what I will need for a chuck. The lathe is 5 feet long, has a swivel head to turn oversized and has 1” x 8 thread. Looking at all the options is quite confusing to a non-turner/ turner to be:-)) Will I need a small chuck and a large one, or is there a universal one that will do most everything a large lathe will do. I have no intention of making pens.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence


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Dez

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 07:36 AM

I will be waiting to see the answers too!

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Eagle1

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 10:39 AM

Topa I would look into the Nova chucks. I have the Nove 3, I really like it. If you later want to advance in turning. All of the accerories will work on all of the chucks. Woodcraft carries them.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 02:37 PM

Bob, I’ll give my vote to the Barracuda 2 .

It comes complete with different size jaws, etc… pretty much everything you need. You can get it on Amazon a little cheaper than the link I provided. I’ve been extremely happy with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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richgreer

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 02:48 PM

In my experience a single mid-sized chuck has been sufficient for everything I do. I’ve used the One Way Talon for over 10 years. At one time it was the standard for good quality mid-sized chucks. With a drop of oil every few months it will probably last my lifetime.

However, I have also borrowed and used the Barracuda that Charlie endorses. I think it is equal to, or better than, my Talon and it’s cheaper.

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

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rance

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 03:15 PM

Topo,

It depends on what you plan on turning.

1) Scroll chucks come with a key or 2 bars to tighten. Go play with one at the store to see which one you prefer. Some scroll chucks with keys tighten backwards so watch for that too.
2) Jacobs chucks can be handy for small stuff.
3) For bowls, a Longworth chuck is good. You can make your own
4) Collet chucks can be useful, but not a first accessory.
5) Jam chuck (for making jelly * jam). Google it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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8iowa

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 03:16 PM

I have the Super Nova 2 with two sets of jaws and also the “jumbo” jaws which can grip out to about ten inches. This is a very well made mid size chuck.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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hairy

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 03:44 PM

What is the swing over the bed?
My only experience is with Oneway.
For less than 16” swing they recommend Talon, for 16” and over they recommend Stronghold.
http://oneway.ca/chucks/index.htm

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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hairy

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 04:00 PM

It’s early in the morning.
I see you said swivel head for oversized.
Don’t use a little chuck for big wood.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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jusfine

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#9 posted 08-11-2010 07:07 PM

I agree with hairy and others, Stronghold is excellent quality.
My vote would be for the Oneway products, although they are the only ones I have used as well.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 08-11-2010 07:14 PM

I have the SuperNova 2. I have been very happy with it, although I haven’t used it extensively.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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richgreer

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#11 posted 08-11-2010 09:06 PM

I’ll throw a small monkey wrench into this discussion. I’ve used a One Way Talon for over 10 years and I like it. However, I am sort of re-discovering face plates. For bigger turnings, it’s much easier to find the center of balance so that you minimize vibration when starting up and a face plate that is securely screwed to the wood just doesn’t come loose.

If I am turning a bowl that exceeds 10” in diameter, a face plate is my first choice.

I often glue a waste block to the wood I am turning to eliminate the problem with holes in the bottom of the bowl and I have never had a problem with the glue holding.

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 08-14-2010 08:50 AM

Thanks for the in put, I finally made it out to the shed to measure the swing. Looks like it will handle a 16 in piece.

REversible chuck means it wil grab inside and outside, right?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Kindlingmaker

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#13 posted 08-14-2010 09:17 AM

I too have Sper Nova chucks, (3 so far) and like them very much. Just a beginner though…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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stefang

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#14 posted 08-16-2010 02:45 PM

I have a 4 jaw scroll chuck with inside and outside jaw accessories, but my favorite accessory for this chuck is a conical extension which consists of 4 jaws. It’s reach makes it easy to safely get at the chucked end of a workpiece while turning and it can hold outside or inside. Personally, I don’t like to use the double bars type of chuck. It’s so convenient and easy to just insert a key and turn it with one hand while you hold the workpiece with your other hand.

You can also buy or make a disk that screws onto the jaws that come with the chuck for holding pieces to finish the bottom of a turning. Also, like Rich, I am a big fan of good heavy faceplates. these are especially useful for turning longish end grain pieces. You get a lot more stablilty on those type of turnings where you you are hollowing out and you can’t use the tailstock.

Another thought is that a thin brass or copper washer on the spindle between your chuck and the headstock will help prevent your chuck from getting stuck onto the spindle. Four jaw chucks are heavy, and they can get stuck pretty easily.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 08-16-2010 04:37 PM

Thanks Mike, I was wondering the other day how yoiu keep it from gettng stuck and what keeps it when you reverse. I supposed it would be obvious when I got one; probably something like the arrangement on bigger hole saw’s mandrel?? Good to know so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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