Category Archives: Tools Chucks

Color Code Your Faceplate Screws

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Here is my “Color-coding Identifies Screws” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 14 of the AAW December 2023 “American Woodturner” Journal. Or click here for PDF. Continue reading Color Code Your Faceplate Screws

Longer Oneway Chuck Wrench Handle

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In my not so humble opinion the bar on the Oneway Chuck handles is to short. It slips out of my hand, hurts my hand or I can’t get enough leverage.

I have replaced the 8mm bar in my chuck handles with a 7-3/4" long HARDENED Steel Shaft. Continue reading Longer Oneway Chuck Wrench Handle

SC1 & SC2 Mini 4 Jaw Scroll Chucks

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Updated: 2/23/2024. Over time I have decided that I STRONGLY prefer the SC2 chuck, rather than the SC1. I would NOT purchase the SC1 chuck again!

Why? If you are only going to get one then I recommend the SC2 chuck. The jaws open further. Thus, it has bigger internal and external grip range.

I really like the new Record Power (brand) Mini SC1 & SC2 4 Jaw Scroll Chucks. I have and really like both chucks.

If you are only going to get one then I recommend the SC2 chuck. The jaws open further. Thus it has bigger internal and external grip range. See chart below for SC1 & SC2 grip ranges.

On 3/10/2023 the SC1 & SC2 chucks are a great deal at $100 each. I think this may be just a low introductory price. I decided to get in on the ground floor of a good thing.

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Carl’s Jam Chucks

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Click here for a PRINTABLE version of the above blueprint.

Over the years I have made and used a lot of different jam chucks. This blog entry documents the ones I like best. They are made out of good quality 3/4" plywood and PVC pipe couplings. They work good, are stable and vacuum tight. Continue reading Carl’s Jam Chucks

Collet Chuck Revisited

I find collet chucks convenient for holding small work. For bottle stoppers, bird calls, etc.

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The screw on Apprentice and Beall Collet Chucks are getting pretty pricey. I recently found a cheaper alternative in the metal working world. You can purchase a “Straight Shank ER32 Collet Holder” for around $25 on Amazon. If you already have a set of ER32 collets. Then you are ready to go. Otherwise you also need to purchase a basic set of ER32 collets for around $30 on Amazon. All prices on 5/6/2020.
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Oneway Big Bite Spur Center

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I now recommend the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” center for driving big things. Big blanks for bowls or logs for hollow forms. It only costs around $20 on 5/5/2020.

I still have and like my “Stubby Lathe USA Convertible Screw-on Drive Center”. But, you can’t purchase this center any more. Thus, I decided a couple of months ago that I should use what I recommend to my students. Well, you can purchase a very similar “Nova Jumbo Spur Center”. However, I now like the “Oneway Big Bite” better.
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