You've purchased a lathe and a decent set of turning gouges. You've started to turn. Now that you're serious about turning, what should be your next big purchase? A four-jaw chuck. Ralph Tursini explains why chucks have been steadily replacing faceplates over the past few decades as the preferred way to turn bowls and other hollow forms. Then he shows how to choose the right size chuck for your lathe and the right jaws for the job at hand. He also demonstrates a number of useful shopmade accessories for sanding, polishing, and turning small items. Finally, he points to the accessories you'll want to invest in when you're ready to get even more out of your new chuck.

From Fine Woodworking #212