The Lathe Accessory Everyone Needs
A 4-jaw chuck will change the way you turn
Synopsis: 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.
Since their introduction to woodworkers in the mid- 1980s, four-jaw chucks have been steadily replacing faceplates as the preferred way to turn hollow forms, because they…