Making a wooden lathe chuck?

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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 06-15-2011 06:10 PM 7993 views 2 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2011 06:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe chuck cherry diy

Howdy folks, I was wondering if anyone had ever made a wooden chuck, similar I guess to this:

I was wondering what wall thickness I should use (I’m planning on making this out of Cherry wood). Also, what type of bolts should I use to secure the chuck to my faceplate?




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#1 posted 06-16-2011 02:27 AM

Interesting idea. Not seen this approach before.

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 04:55 AM

I actually made something very similar. The only real difference was that mine was made to be held by my little Nova 4 jaw chuck.

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 03:50 PM

I made one very simular I saw that someone had done one at SWAT last year. It worked okay but limited in range.

I used the Beal Tap to tap threads to match my spindle so I did not have to tie up a faceplate, the $20.00 tap was less expensive than the faceplate. I routinely make glue blocks that thread onto the spindle so I do not have to worry about hitting the chuck as I finish the bottoms of bowls.

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 03:56 PM

Cliff, I’m wondering how solid such a tap would be.

You’re basically just drilling a hole and then tapping it to match your lathe. Then screw your wooden piece and then begin turning?

I’m guessing you used something similar:,330,49238&ap=1



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#5 posted 06-16-2011 04:00 PM

Here’s a video on making and using one.

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 04:10 PM

Hey! I’m new to this forum but post on WTO from time to time. That chuck looks great to me except that the tenon of the workpiece would have to be about 1/16th shy of the ID of the chuck. That way you allow the piece to get “pinched’ in there when you tighten the hose clamp. I’ll have to try it. I have a few small baseball bats on the to-do list!


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#7 posted 06-16-2011 05:10 PM

Ditto what Cliff said, too. I make a bunch of blanks, tap them and then glue on the project when needed. I use red oak for the screw on blank.

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#8 posted 06-16-2011 10:53 PM

Dpoisson; I wouldn’t bother with the dovetailed lip. I’m guessing this is a one off jig and if so, I would make the ID pretty close to the OD of the work piece. I would also line the ID with a medium to coarse sandpaper with contact cement. The wall of the chuck could be pretty much anything, but 1/2 inch sounds about right. Attach the chuck to the face plate with #10 wood screws about 1-1/2” long.

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