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Forum topic by woodworker59 posted 02-03-2013 01:55 AM 869 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodworker59

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02-03-2013 01:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe chuck used swap buy rigid resource question turning

hello everybody.. I am looking for a chuck for my lathe.. I have the Rigid W1200 and would like to try some bowl turning.. I need a chuck with a 3/4×16 threaded insert.. don’t need anything real fancy, may not like turning bowls.. just want to find something that will let me try it out.. So if anyone out there has a chuck that will fit my lathe and you don’t need to get rich to get rid of it… I am interested.. not sure what I may have that you may want, but if your interested we can try to figure that out also.. Would like to find something under $50.. I can buy a new one from a couple places for not much more than that.. so???? thanks to all….............. Papa

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Wildwood

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#1 posted 02-03-2013 12:02 PM

Good luck finding a used chuck. Look at grizzly or penn state industry four-jaw chucks stay away from three jaw chucks. Three jaw chucks okay for metal lathe not much good for wood.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 06:34 PM

If you only want to try out bowl turning why not just get a faceplare and screw your wood to it, it’s the old way of doing bowl turning.
MIKE

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 06:56 PM

I got a 100$ chuck at woodcraft that works fine on a midi lathe. It’s the perfect size for turning small bowls. Your lathe has the capacity for 12” but it’s actually more like 10” in a practical sense, so getting some big chuck is just unnecessary.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 02-03-2013 06:58 PM

I’ve turned a couple dozen bowls 3 – 5 inch diameter by 2 – 3 inches deep using double faced tape to fasten the turning to a board I mounted with screws on a faceplate. Might give you something to do and help develop your skills while waiting for the jawed chuck.

As mentioned earlier get a 4 jaw chuck. Then you can also use the chuck to hold square stock.

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 07:01 PM

Yes to MNgary, I’d add to get the profile jaws, they grip better because there is more grip surface. I wish I had know this when I got mine, but a bit of extra muscle gets me by.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 02:07 AM

Thanks to all, I have been considering the faceplate way to go.. I agree it will allow me to give bowl turning a try without the expense of a four jaw chuck.. I have some really strong double sided duck tape.. never seen it before, but man does it stick.. should do the trick just fine… thanks again all.. you guys are the best.. Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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