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WoodworkingGeek

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06-03-2011 03:05 AM

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Hi there
I’m going to be buy a wood lathe chuck in the next few days but am having a hard time choosing a good one for me and my lathe. I’m on a budget so I can’t afford some of those ones out there. I am considering this one, http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-4-Jaw-Wood-Chuck-1-x-8-TPI/H8049 What do you all think of it? I need you advice!! Or what other one do you recommended?
Thanks
-Matthew


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#1 posted 06-03-2011 03:12 AM

What are you planning on turning? If its bowls I would reconsider that chuck, it does not inspire a lot of confidence in that type of work. One major feature it is missing is that it is not self centering, which means it will be pretty easy to attach your blanks off center. At 50 dollars this is the cheapest chuck I could quickly find that was one I would consider for bowl turning. It is also sold by grizzly.

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 06:30 AM

Yes, you can have things off centered with and independent jaw chuck. That is the whole point. Sometimes you want the axis of rotation to not be centered. You can also more accurately re-chuck a piece with an independent jaw chuck. Self centering chucks are not perfectly centered. It just takes a little longer to center stuff. They use 4 jaw independent chucks on metal lathes when they want things to be really accurate. It is not a replacement for self centering chucks, it does other things. It is also how they are able to turn crank shafts – put a 4 jawed chuck on both ends and move the center of rotation around.

If you are turning cabriolet legs, you have them off center.

You can use one to turn something like a hand cane.

You can chuck up a rectangular piece.

There are lots of different kinds of chucks. I have screw chucks, 3 jawed chucks, 4 jawed chucks, spur chucks, collets, faceplates. Not everything is a spindle.

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 04:15 PM

Essentially, I am a Grizzly fan. I own several Grizzly tools. However, I am leery of this chuck.

Most good wood lathe chucks cost $150 or more. Grizzly always offers good low prices, but this price seems too low. You want your chuck to hold and be solid and dependable. It’s a safety issue.

It’s my observation that many turners do not adequately appreciate faceplates and what you can do with them. I’d rather use a good faceplate than a cheap chuck. I often turn bowls with a faceplate and a waste block that I glue to the bottom of my turning blank.

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

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 10:46 PM

To RichGreer: What kind of glue do you use?

-- Chuck

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#5 posted 10-28-2015 11:17 PM

It’s my observation that many turners do not adequately appreciate faceplates and what you can do with them. I’d rather use a good faceplate than a cheap chuck. I often turn bowls with a faceplate and a waste block that I glue to the bottom of my turning blank.

I do the same, but I make the waste block the faceplate as well:

You can whip out a bunch of those from scrap 2×4, so you always have one handy.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 11:24 PM

Hello, that grizzly chuck would have its uses, however I would not get it as a primary chuck.
This was a recent topic at the shop where I am taking turning classes. The shop has alot of vicmarc chucks.
The shop owner had purchased a grizzly chuck and found that they are a spot on match. All the parts were interchangeable. I think it was a Vicmarc vm120, vs. a Grizzly H7820. The vicmarc is over $200, where the grizzly is around $120. I will have that grizzly chuck myself, soon.
Good luck.

-- John

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