Lathe chuck for midi lathe?

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Forum topic by justinwdemoss posted 06-25-2011 02:42 PM 1607 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2011 02:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe chuck nova nova g3 g3 harbor freight hf jet clone

I have been turning pens, tool handles, and spindles on a harbor freight 5 speed bench lathe that I got for Christmas this year and am very happy with the tool for the money. As I was warned, pens are not enough. I am now looking to turn smaller bowls and find myself looking for a chuck.

I went to my local woodcraft and talked to a couple turners and was recommended the Nova G3. Has anyone out there used this chuck on the HF lathe? It is one of serveral Jet clones, so to some extent has anyone tried it on a Jet mini lathe? I like the single tool adjustment as I do not have three hands and its smaller size seems to be a good fit for the smaller benchtop lathes.

Thanks in advance.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 03:35 PM

I have not used the Nova, but I can highly recommend the Barracuda, which I use on Rockler’s clone of the Jet mini lathe.

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

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 04:09 PM

I have the Nova Midi and it works great on the small lathes.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 06:33 PM

Let me offer this thought. I think faceplates are under-appreciated. I own and use a chuck (One-Way Talon) but I often prefer to use faceplates.

If you glue your bowl blank to a waste block and screw the face plate to the waste block, you avoid the little screw holes in the bottom of the bowl problem.

Anyone wanting to buy a chuck should also consider the face plate option.

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

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