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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 518 days ago 1185 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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518 days ago

Okay, this is a general convo about what lathe chuck you use and why.

Post a pic of it if you like.

I’ll start

Comes with this.

It’s 90$ at PennState
It holds up to 12” bowls.
It’s not convenient you have to use two tools to chuck wood. You get the hang of it though.
I’d like to get some smooth jaws for it someday.

Your turn

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

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#1 posted 518 days ago

I have that same chuck, and also a Barracuda 2 from Penn State. I wanted to try the one-handed chuck key approach. It’s better sometimes, but not enough to justify the big price jump. I also have the Apprentice chuck that’s sold by Craft Supplies USA, which is pretty much a Barracuda 2 with a backing plate and a different key. The jaws are all interchangeable though.

I recently purchased a Grizzly H6265 4 jaw chuck, because it was supposed to be a knock off of the Vicmarc VM100. I got Vicmarc step jaws to go with it. I’d really wanted that type of step jaws since I saw Richard Raffan use them in Turning Wood. The jaws do work with the Grizzly chuck, and the Grizzly was about 1/3 the price of a Vicmarc.

At the same time, I got this G8784 chuck, which is basically similar to the PSI economy chuck in that it’s adjusted with Tommy bars instead of a chuck key. I tried it out on a bowl the other night and it worked very well. It came with some #2 jaws and will be my dedicated #2 jaw chuck.

I also used to have the WoodRiver 4 jaw chuck, which was pretty much on par with the PSI chucks, but a bit more expensive. I traded it away to a newbie turner though.

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#2 posted 518 days ago

I have the same chuck, and I use it with the big plates for finishing bowl bottoms and exteriors. I also have
an old Craftsman scroll chuck that I use quite a bit on smaller bowls, It is as new as my 1950s Delta lathe, and
since it is cold and blowing snow here I may get out to the shop to take a picture manana.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 518 days ago

Nova G3. Seemed well regarded. I need additional jaws still.

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#4 posted 518 days ago

For general turning I use a Oneway Stronghold chuck, and I also have the Jumbo Jaws for finishing bowls. For small spindle work I like to use a Beall Collett chuck (see pic) as I find this grips very well without marring the wood.

-- Stuart

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Bill White

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#5 posted 518 days ago

I have the same chuck as Kreegan. It has served me very well.


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#6 posted 518 days ago

I must be slipping, I can’t find a chuck to hold 12” bowls on PSI just some sort of extension…can you put up the link?

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#7 posted 518 days ago

Here ya go Moke.

I say it’ll hold a 12” bowl from experience, it doesn’t say that on the site about the chuck itself. It does give the max for the flat jaw though.

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

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#8 posted 517 days ago

I have the super Nova, like it a LOT!

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 516 days ago


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#10 posted 516 days ago

I sold my chuck when I got my new lathe to axminster super precision chucks 2 off and a host of chuck jaws which do 2 out of the three wood lathes I have a six foot bed for all stuff and a dedicaTED BOWL LATHE AND A SMALL DELTA i JUST MAKE PENS ON SO i JUST NEEDED THE TWO chucks and love these axminster chucks they hold great don’t buy a foix chuck they are dangerous anyway mine was I got rid of it almost as soon as I bought it.In case your wonderring yes I did warn the new owner of my old one about the trouble I had but he had one already and felt he could put it right.I also have a couple of collet chucks for woodworking,but don’t use them much laziness on my part.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 516 days ago

I have a vicmarc on my nova DVR lathe and love it its the 120 just the right size very smooth action and well made. Along with that I like the hex handle for tightening ( it works great as a hammer in a pinch too)

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#12 posted 515 days ago

I have 3 Super Nova 2’s …it was highly recommended when I started and never looked back…

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