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Forum topic by JADobson posted 01-31-2014 10:18 PM 1742 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2014 10:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe chuck drill tips

Hey everyone,
I just picked up a drill chuck for my lathe.

I plan on making a few tops and a cryptex like this one:

What other projects do you use this chuck for? Any tips or hints for using it?

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 10:50 PM

If stop and think about it your wood lathe is an excellent drilling machine and for some people it is the only drill press they own.

I use my drill chuck in both head/tailstock depending upon what I am drilling. Watch your lathe speed and clear chips often.

Do not use my lathe to drill pen blanks, but many turners do.

I do not like to use my drill chuck for holding small items trying to turn. While have done so, prefer my 4-jaw chuck & spigot jaws for turning small things.

Only caution have is pay attention while drill chuck installed in headstock and lathe is running. Some not all drill chucks seem to want to come out without you wanting them to.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 04:28 AM

you can use it to drill many projects like bottle stoppers,tool handles ect…you can throw in a cut off bolt to hold projects after tapping/drilling your projects also…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 02:05 PM

Besides normal drilling from the tail stock, you can use it as a little drive chuck. I’ve used mine to hold dowels and narrow tenons. Projects include tool handles and spinning tops. I’d say 95+% of the time I use it to drill holes to start the hollowing process in turned boxes and hollow forms.

-- Glen

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 09:07 AM

When used in the headstock, you should run a bolt through the headstock spindle that fits the threads on your drill chuck arbor. If you don’t have threads on the arbor then be very careful it will want to come flying out of the lathe spindle.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 03:36 PM

Horizontal drill press.

-- My reality check bounced...

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