Holding the wood or other material on the lathe is the first critical step to turning success and safety. Chucks, both hand made and purchased, are a good solution for many turners.
By: Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
This short article will explain how to make an egg chuck using PVC. It's a great way to hold egg shapes on the lathe and may make your egg turning more fun.
By: Roger Jones
In this photo gallery, Roger shows his goblet chuck. There is no description on how to make the chuck or to use it but for experienced turners it may be self-evident. Hopefully it will be useful to you!
|Making Threaded Wood Chucks |
By: Andy Kuby
This article shows you how to make a threaded wood chuck. Using these wood chucks allows you to remove the work from the lathe for drying or other finishing work with the ability to remount the work at the same center on the original or another lathe. The sacrificial face can also be configured as a jam chuck, glue chuck or used to hold an off-center piece.
|DIY Chuck Holding System |
By: Paul Rohrbacher
Using a scroll chuck on your wood lathe is a wonderful way to hold your turning projects. But if you decide to reverse your lathe to take advantage of right side hollowing or even something as simple as reverse sanding, things can quickly go horribly wrong if your chuck starts to loosen and unscrew. In an attempt to address this issue, several manufacturers have installed grub screws on the back of their chucks which fit into a shallow recess in the lathe spindle to help stop this problem. But if your chuck is not so equipped or you want additional support, what do you do?
|Collets and Woodturning |
By: John Tarpley
Do you use collets in your work? If you are like most woodturners, your immediate answer is probably no, but if you consider for a moment you will realize that collets are a part of the tools you probably use. If you use a router or a rotary tool then you are using collets. Even interchangeable blade craft knives use a collet to hold the knife blade. With the development of interchangeable turning tool handles, many of these handles also use collets. All these tools use collets because they provide a secure, accurate grip combined with ease of use. For these same reasons and others, woodturners should be making more use of collets in our work.
|Universal Jam Chuck|
By: Michael Kehs
In this article, Michael explains how to make a jamb chuck that might just become your go-to chuck when you're reversing your turnings to finish the bottom. He even provides a great drawing with all the dimensions that you can duplicate. Then he explains how to use it.
|Making a Straka Chuck|
By: Al Hockenbery
In this article, Al shows us how me makes a Straka Chuck. It is useful for turning the bottoms of bowls or for holding spheres. Many people might also call this chuck a donut chuck as it has many similar aspects.
|Tenon Size verus Holding Power|
By: Doc Green
In this article, Doc Green helps us to understand the proper size for a tenon in woodturning. He explains all about leverage, torque and holding power. In part 2, he talks about jaws and how to properly use them.
|It's all in the Jaws|
By: Richard Raffan
In this article, Richard Raffan explains everything that you need to know about working with a chuck on the lathe.
By: Art Liestman
In this article, Art explains how to make a donut chuck and includes a very important safety tip.
|Lathe Chucks and Chucking|
By: Bill Haskell
In this great 3-page chuck article, Bill covers all the things that you'd ever want to know about chucks.
He explains the different types of chucks, what they are good for, their advantages and disadvantages. He also has a great description on the Four Ways to Grip with a Four Jaw Chuck.
This is a wonderful resource and would be great printed out and hung on your shop wall.
|Making a Disposable Faceplate|
By: Dean Wilson
In this article, Dean show us how to tap a wood block to create a lathe ready faceplate. He goes on to explain how we might use it.
|Make Your Own Screw Chuck|
By: John Taylor
In this article, John explains how he makes his own screw chucks and shows each step in the process. By following along and using the pictures as reference, you'll be able to make your own screw chuck too!
|How to use a Wood Glue Block|
By: John Taylor
There are lots of ways to hold your turning blank onto the lathe. Using a Glue Block is one of the oldest methods is still very useful today and a favorite of many turners. If you're not familiar with using a glue, check out this great article by John Taylor. He covers how to make a glue block and how to use it. This will give you the basics and hopefully get you started on using this tried and true method of workholding.
|Making your own Jumbo Jaws|
By: Bill Nosie
We've all seen how you can re-turn the bottom of the bowls using a set of plates with rubber bumpers on your scroll chuck. Now you can make your own jumbo jaws using this wonderful photo tutorial from Bill Nosie.
This photo tutorial is very detailed and shows each step of the process to making your own jumbo jaws!!
|Getting a Grip on Four Jaw Chucks|
By: Wood Magazine
This article provides a very good overview of the use of four jaw chucks, with photos.
By: Art Ustby
In this article, Art explains how to make a longworth chuck. He provides a list of materials and an link to old no longer working connection to the original More Woodturning Magazine article.
You can see a duplicate of the original article about the longworth chuck by using clicking here.
|All Wood Collet Chuck|
By: David Reed Smith
In this article, David shows us how to make a collet chuck out of wood. Since they are normally expensive made in wood, this is a great option that can be made right in your shop.
|Making your own Wooden Faceplates|
By: David Reed Smith
In this article, David explains how to thread a piece of wood to the size of your lathe spindle. This piece can be built out to a wide range of faceplates for your lathe. It's amazing how many ways David can this faceplate.
|A Different Way of Jam Chucking|
By: Jim Meier
In this article, Jim shows us to to make a jam chuck that uses compression to hold small turnings on the lathe. Jim says that he uses it for oil candle holders and I can see it also being used for tea light holder or things of that sort. This is a very easy jam chuck to build and the design is very clever, now it's time to make one!
|Making a Donut Chuck|
By: Keith Larrett
In this article, Keith shows us how to make our own donut chuck. This chuck is excellent for holding bowls in order to finish turn the bottoms but can also be used for other types of turning.
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