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Forum topic by Karda posted 06-12-2017 04:48 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 44 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2017 04:48 PM

I don’t want to do it but I am going to start looking for a chuck for my lathe. I am new to this and don’t know what the differences are. My lathe max length is 18” so i don’t want one of the big thick chuks expense is also an issuei I saw a good deal on ebay almost bought them the realized it wa just add on jaws. I would go used if I could get a set that was not worn out.


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#1 posted 06-12-2017 05:00 PM

what diameter do you want/need ?
3 or 4 jaw ?
what is thread size
what make and model to fit ?

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 05:12 PM

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#3 posted 06-12-2017 05:19 PM

Karda, I’ll second the Nova G3. I like mine alot; but, I need to order a smaller jaw set for it. It comes with 50mm jaws, and I want the 25mm or 20mm jaws. Also, you will nedd to order the threaded insert for it to fit you lathe sindle threads. If you ever get another lathe with different spindle thread size, you can buy an new insert and use the same chuck. They even make an insert to fit a Shopsmith.

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#4 posted 06-12-2017 05:20 PM

what diameter do you want/need ? don’t know
3 or 4 jaw ? Not sure whats the difference
what is thread size 1” 8TPI
what make and model to fit ? central machines 10×18 lathe

I will be using the chuck for bowls and short spindle work. Also i want jaws that can expand to tighten into a mortise as well as clamp on a tenon

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 07:18 PM

Another + for the G3 (I have 4).

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#6 posted 06-12-2017 07:24 PM

You want a 4 jaw scroll chuck. The G3 will come with 2” (50mm) jaws and some also come with 1” jaws. You can buy other size jaws. There are insert type where you will need to buy a separate insert to fit your lathe. And there are some that are direct threaded for 1x8 spindles. The insert type are cheaper but the insert adds around $20 to the cost. There are other brands that are good, most people seem to like what they have, but I only own Nova chucks so that is all I can recommend.

This is a 3 jaw chuck, also a step jaw chuck, you do not want this for woodturning.

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#7 posted 06-12-2017 08:36 PM

I’d look at this if I was in the market. It comes with 4 sets of jaws.

https://www.amazon.com/FeatherLite-Woodturning-Chucks-7557-Chuck/dp/B01GIJNCH4?th=1

It’s for a 1” x 8 TPI, but you will need a spindle adapter for almost anything you buy.

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#8 posted 06-12-2017 08:43 PM

Another vote here for the Nova G3.

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#9 posted 06-12-2017 08:58 PM

Karda, get yourself a Barracuda 2 set. Cheap, fits, and plenty of different jaws for diff. uses.

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#10 posted 06-12-2017 09:18 PM

Hi, thanks for the advice, I saw a lot of G3s on amazon. do i have to order jaws seperatly

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#11 posted 06-12-2017 09:33 PM

Most woodworking scroll chucks will come with one set of jaws and usually a woodworm screw standard. If you need additional jaws, you purchase them separately. Some chucks are sold as packages, with several (usually 4) jaw sets, such as the Barracuda 2 mentioned above – which are generally a better value than if you bought the chuck and jaw sets separately. The web page (Amazon) should tell you what jaw(s) it comes with.

Cheers,
Brad

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#12 posted 06-12-2017 09:41 PM

ok what kind of jaws do I want, is there a set that clamps and expands. That is one of my problems I don’t know whatis what

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#13 posted 06-12-2017 09:53 PM

Google is your friend.

Here are a few of the many results returned::

Getting a Grip on Four-Jaw Lathe Chucks (Wood Magazine)
A Woodturner's Guide to Chucks and Jaws (FineWoodworking Magazine)
Four-Jaw Scroll Chucks (Woodworkers Journal)

Cheers,
Brad

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#14 posted 06-12-2017 10:06 PM

Yup Nova G3 – can usually be had for aboit $100 or less on Amazon. Comes with a wormscrew too. Really a necessity for a lot of jobs on the lathe.

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