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Safety tip- chucks

Discussion in 'Woodturning Health & Safety' started by John Torchick, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. John Torchick

    John Torchick Likes Getting Catches

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    Taking a break from the lathe and thought I would share this with the forum. I was getting ready to turn a piece of cherry, 3 inches diameter by about 7 inches long. This was in a chuck. I started to turn it at low speed and noted it was giving a noise that made me uncomfortable. It was as if it was out of balance/round. I stopped the lathe and began to check everything in sequence- chuck tight on the tenon, chuck adapter tight on the headstock, and when I moved the wood, I noticed some movement. I found that the chuck was not tight on the 1-8 adapter! I tightened the set screw and started again. Problem solved. I added this small part on the check list to review before turning. Now- back to the lathe.
     
  2. Dean Center

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    Good for you for noticing something was odd and stopping to check it out. You're showing signs of mastery, Gramps!
     
  3. John Torchick

    John Torchick Likes Getting Catches

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    Hi, Dean! Trust everything is OK up your way. Now, to learn to use a bowl gouge.
     
  4. Hy Tran

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    John,

    Nice tip. Would a "grab-and-shove" test (grabbing the blank, and giving it a good shove-and-shake) have discovered the loose threaded insert?? That's my typical test after mounting a blank in the chuck, then, I do a full rotation (by hand) to make sure the blank clears the tool rest, bed, loose tools lying on the bed, etc.

    Happy new year!

    Hy
     
  5. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    Great tip
    An unexpected noise is almost always caused by something being off.
     
  6. John Torchick

    John Torchick Likes Getting Catches

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    Hy Tran, it is now on the list of things to check every time I turn, whether a piece of wood is on the chuck or spur drive. I do the rest of the things you list. Can't be too careful. This is the first time this has happened.
     

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