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Forum topic by Dustyjosh posted 12-29-2012 08:58 PM 1189 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2012 08:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: turning big bowls finishing work large chuck jumbo jaws

Hello friends! Thanks again for the advice on chucks. Ended up with PSI beginner one and its working just great. Today’s question is about finishing the bottom of a big bowl 10”-16” in diameter. When i an working on a smaller diameter bowl 4-8” after separating the bowl from the tenon I simply turn it around and grab with PSI Jumbo Jaws and clean up/sand the bottom. How can I do the same thing with a much larger bowl? Homemade holder? Other thoughts. As always I am grateful for you insights. Best, dustyjosh

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 09:15 PM

Ever heard of a jam chuck or donut chuck?

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 09:49 PM

I like to use one of these-

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 10:42 PM

I showed more than one way to handle this in my video you can link to from this thread

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 03:30 AM

A vacuum chuck with a big drum is expensive but solves this problem (and many others !).

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#5 posted 12-30-2012 03:43 AM

For bigger bowls an “internal tenon” (not sure what the correct terminology for this is) works well. That way once you finish the outside and turn it around you never have to reverse it.

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#6 posted 12-30-2012 08:22 AM

Hi Look at projects and look for longworth chuck made by quatersawn this will solve your problem regards Tambotie

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 03:53 PM

Does the longworth chuck do good from the inside on bowls that are tapered in from the top.

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 06:11 PM

Longworth chucks: Whenever the chuck is expanded / contracted use nylon lock nuts on the back. I have found, when the chuck is in operation it will slowly expand, due to centifigul force, and the object being turned will come loose. After you adjust the chuck for use, tighten the lock nuts and all will be ok.

Dewayne: The longworth will work in expansion mode also. See above.

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