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Forum topic by johnintecumseh posted 02-07-2012 10:15 PM 1021 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2012 10:15 PM

Hello all. Is there a way to keep chucks or faceplates from binding to the lathe spindle ?? Thanks keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 11:05 PM

You may be putting them on too tight.

I screw mine on just until it stops, then tighten the set screws, Set screws do not need to be tight, just snug. I usually sand in reverse, thus the need for set screws.

If you are spinning them on fast to seat it, that’s too much.

Here’s capn eddie!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 11:11 PM

You can buy a plastic washer for the spindle. But, they are easy to make.

I made mine from a lid for a 5 gallon bucket. Cut a piece of plastic, larger than the spindle section of you chuck, drill/cut a hole the size of your spindle. The place your plastic washer on the spindle and tighten the chuck.

I used my skew to trim the plastic “washer” on the lathe, until it was round and closer in size.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 11:15 PM

The plastic washer is probably the best solution. I have never had this problem because I always snug the chuck and face plates up gently by hand. If it is even a little loose the force when you turn the lathe on will really jam it tight.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 12:15 AM

This is the washer the others are referring to.

Lew suggested it to me and it makes a tremendous difference :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 01:17 AM

This was a serious problem for me until I got the plastic washer that was recommended to me on this website.

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

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 01:45 AM

I cut mine out of a coffee can lid, and have never had a stuck chuck or faceplate since.


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