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    Default large chuck block

    All this stay at home is getting boring.

    I like to use both my 6 jaw Buck Tru Adj and Bison 4 jaw both 6inch.
    At 82 it's getting harder to change them so I made a chuck block that now makes so easy change them that is all most fun.

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    This is what I use:



    It's just a piece of plywood with a board that fits in the gap between the ways glued on the bottom. It really helps protect the ways from falling chucks!

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    I had plans for a similar block, but never found the time. As a result, I do something even cruder than SLK001. I have a couple of 1x5-ish planks I just lay across the ways, no registers to keep them from sliding around. While the 12" 4-jaw is in no danger of breaking through, it does noticeably bow things when I set it on the planks.

    But, yes, now that I have lots of time at home, that's one (of hundreds) of shop projects I may get moving on.

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    16" four jaw on the 20" Heavy Greaves Klusman

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    Keeps it from rolling off

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    Default Lathe Chuck Block

    Quote Originally Posted by SLK001 View Post
    This is what I use:



    It's just a piece of plywood with a board that fits in the gap between the ways glued on the bottom. It really helps protect the ways from falling chucks!
    SLK001 unlike your piece of plywood MY Chuck Block was not REALLY made to protect the bed ways as much (which it does a good job of) as it was made first and foremost to aid changing and installing the chucks. All I do now is put the chuck on the block give the spindle pulley a couple of quick spins and like magic the chuck is threaded on the spindle. Heck of a lot faster, easier and lots more saver from a accidental drop. Lets See your piece of plywood do that.

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    What I want to know is, how did you cut the half circle out of the block? It looks too big for a saber saw.

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    With the lathe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coyotechet View Post
    All this stay at home is getting boring.

    I like to use both my 6 jaw Buck Tru Adj and Bison 4 jaw both 6inch.
    At 82 it's getting harder to change them so I made a chuck block that now makes so easy change them that is all most fun.

    Chet



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    Nice looking machine Chet, Can you explain your chuck set-up and the brass jaw covers?
    That's a helluva a radius for a very thick piece of lumber...you got a healthy bandsaw?
    Thanks for posting.

    PMc

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    I think Chet is trying to get me fashion a fly cutter setup on my large faceplate! Hmmm, seems kinda tricky for a first project. Really nice looking lathe and chucks Chet. In one of your pictures it looks like you have another tray on top of your chip tray. What are we seeing there?

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    I am also 82 and have trouble handling 8: chucks. I have been using wooden chuck blocks for several years. They are a big help. Now I am having difficulty getting thee chucks up onto the blocks so I will be adapting a Northern Tool jib crane for that purpose. I plan to floor mount it next to the left end of the lathe headstock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coyotechet View Post
    SLK001 unlike your piece of plywood MY Chuck Block was not REALLY made to protect the bed ways as much (which it does a good job of) as it was made first and foremost to aid changing and installing the chucks. All I do now is put the chuck on the block give the spindle pulley a couple of quick spins and like magic the chuck is threaded on the spindle. Heck of a lot faster, easier and lots more saver from a accidental drop. Lets See your piece of plywood do that.
    Yeah, mine is kinda crude. There's just nothing like 35 to 40 pounds of chuck suddenly becoming free from your spindle. At least we don't require a crane to put on/pull off chucks like Abom79 does over on Youtube!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnoder View Post
    16" four jaw on the 20" Heavy Greaves Klusman

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    Keeps it from rolling off
    See you had the same idea long before me bet it makes working with your super heavy great.
    Chet

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    A friend bought a old band saw put on a new blade (12TPI .240 Width)took under a minute to cut the curve.

    I do Rifle barrel work and the 4 jaw setup allows me to indicate the barrel in stress free using a cats head on the outboard end of the spindle.


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    I do this, with 2 angled strips screwed to the top to keep the 16" 4 jaw from rolling off when left unattended. Just so happened that a 5/8" thick piece of plywood slips under the chuck and allows it to slide directly on the D1 spindle.
    Quote Originally Posted by SLK001 View Post
    This is what I use:



    It's just a piece of plywood with a board that fits in the gap between the ways glued on the bottom. It really helps protect the ways from falling chucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLK001 View Post
    Yeah, mine is kinda crude. There's just nothing like 35 to 40 pounds of chuck suddenly becoming free from your spindle. At least we don't require a crane to put on/pull off chucks like Abom79 does over on Youtube!
    Lol......ya mean like this 20”

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