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Forum topic by interpim posted 03-13-2009 04:17 AM 3044 views 1 time favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2009 04:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning

Hi everyone,

I’ve been turning small items over the past few months, Mostly pens, but a few other things to include one bowl.

Well, the bowl was a bit of magic to turn seeing as I only have a plate that came with the lathe to mount it with. Long story short… I would like a more elegant way to mount things to the lathe. What would you guys recommend. As I cannot afford something to expensive I found a few on harbor freight’s website. Do you think any of these will work for what I want to do? Or, if you know of something better that isn’t going to break the bank, please let me know.

Well… here is what I found.

Which ones do i need, which ones should I not bother with, or am i completely off kilter here?

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 04:35 AM

I highly recommend this chuck=. It offers a lot of accessories and is reasonably priced. Buying inferior products

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 04:57 AM

Trifern is right on, Teknatool’s Nova series are really excellent. Oneway chucks are really good too, made in Canada.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 04:59 AM

I have the same chuck as Trifern and I would not trade it for the world. I recently bought a much larger lathe and purchased a Nova chuck for that too….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 03-13-2009 05:19 AM

Would this one work for small bowls etc?

I have a midi lathe

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 05:37 AM

Grizzly makes a chuck too… does anyone here use this one?
And, My lathe is a Penn State Industries… would I be better off buying one of their chucks?

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 05:39 AM

Teknatool’ Nova chucks are great. Also One Way makes good chucks and there are a couple of other makers. Most of them have smaller chucks that should fit you midi lathe. Also the chucks come with various size jaws so you can adapt to the size of the project. I would stay away from Harbor Freights “junk”. It seldom pays to buy cheap tools. The others may be more expensive but you will most likely pass a Nova or one Way on to your heirs.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 03-13-2009 06:17 AM

DON”T BY HF !!! save yourself

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 03-13-2009 06:39 AM

I have a Nova G3 (image and link from Woodcraft’s on-line catalog)

that works well on my JET Mini-lathe. It’s only about forty bucks cheaper than the SuperNova2, but it does use a range of Teknatool jaws, doesn’t rely on tommy bars to tighten (which are only truly useful for those amongst us born with three functional hands). But if every penny pried out of the household budget is an uphill struggle, it might be a good starter.

Gluing a waste block on your bowl blank and building a Shop-Built Compression Chuck are other options, as is Beall spindle tap homemade fixture, (see this article on wooden faceplates also) with do introduce an increased PITA factor, but, these do add more arrows to your quiver even if you do buy a chuck. Bob2 has a great project/blog here that is an eye opener as well.

Click for details

As a sidebar…when will this freakin’ winter weather end! I’m going shack looney!
Not so much a problem for you in San Diego…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 03-13-2009 07:53 AM

I just got a nova chuck and is great look at my vase I turn yesterday (supernova chuck)

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#10 posted 03-13-2009 12:27 PM

I would stay away from the Grizzly chuck as well. I have one and the holes where the pins fit in are rounding out and hard to get the chuck tight now. Also there was a review yesterday on PSI’s chucks. Cheap but not worth it. Save your money till you can buy a good one.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 03-13-2009 03:25 PM

Just noticed that Amazon has the G3 for 114.95, and verified that the Midi does use tommy bars to tighten up.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 03-13-2009 03:40 PM

Thanks for all the advice… I think I am leaning toward the Nova G3. Now to tell the wife why I need it, and squeeze the money out of her :)

-- San Diego, CA

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#13 posted 03-13-2009 04:00 PM

one thing to look for in a chuck, be sure that after removing your stock that you can recenter it dead on when you place it back into the chuck, not all chucks will do this.
I have a Oneway Stronghold with 4 sets of jaws and it will recenter every time.

-- Smitty!!!

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#14 posted 03-14-2009 05:18 PM

I have a Jet 1220 and I have both models. Supernova2 and G3. On my 12 inch lathe, the G3 will handle anything you can fit over the beds. I think if you were to go up to a Jet 1642, or better, you would probably start to see the limitations of the G3. The SN2 is not too big for the midi but you might (a big might) find things on a bigger lathe that require the beefier chucks.

In summary, the G3 is a wonderful chuck for any benchtop lathe. I think you would no be as happy with the midi chuck. Especially if you upgrade lathes.

Hope that helps,

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#15 posted 03-16-2009 07:06 AM

Woodsmsithshop talked about “recentering”. An advantage of chucks it being able to remove and remount work before it is finished. I always index my pieces before I remove them. Even the best chucks can be ever so slightly eccentric so a quick pencil mark for an index can save some hassle; especially on boxes with lids or similar two part turnings.

-- Les B, Oregon

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