In this video-article I’m going to show you how I made these accessories for the lathe, I made a faceplate and an adjustable chuck to turn bowls.

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If you are interested in making your own homemade adjustable chuck and faceplate or collaborating with my work, here you will find the free plans.

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I’ll begin by machining these pieces with a crown bit mounted on the column drill. In the centre I will drill a hole with a bit 1mm less thick than the threaded rod.

Now I will machine the rest of the pieces. This one is for the adjustable chuck. I will mark all the rebates and machine them with the 3D Router.

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Here I’ll make a hole here too with a bit 1mm less thick than the threaded rod.

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And now I can finish putting the accessories together. I insert these pieces in the rod, threading the wood in the process. Since these pieces are of a small diameter, I’ll make use of these locking pliers.

Due to safety reasons I’ll put in a couple of screws. I mark their position so that they don’t overlap with the ones that I’ll put in later.

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I apply glue again and insert the plate in the same way. On the market you can also find this kind of self-centering longworth chucks. In this case, the axis must protrude a couple of milimetres so that we can center whatever we want to turn on the plate.

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All that’s left is to turn the edge and the sides to avoid vibrations when turning. I sand the edges and repeat all the steps with the faceplate.

I will now attach these silent blocks I found in a local store. Ideally they should be conical, with more outer diameter. I know they exist but I haven’t managed to track them down. I’ll make their central hole bigger and attach them to the adjustable chuck.

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As you can see, when tightening they expand, allowing us to hold bowls or plates to turn.

 

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