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paul johnson 215/11/2010 19:30:54
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|Here goes this is my first thread so please be gentel, I am a complete novice to wood turning I recently bought a Clarke CWL lathe from machine mart not the best on the market I no but the price was right at the time to get me started.
I bought a 4 jaw independant chuck which I have failed misreable trying to set up I just cant get the work peice to run true in it if that means sence any help would be gladly recieved.
cheers Paul
Cedric Wheeler15/11/2010 22:26:48
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Hi Paul
You don't say what you are trying to turn but my immediate reaction is that you probably don't need a four jaw chuck. This is for specialised use where you want to re-chuck something that is already turned or for offset turning. I have been turningfor 55 years and have never used a four jaw chuck. You can do the majority of your turning using a face plate or screw mounting and a claw drive for turning between centres.
If you can give more details we can probably give you more specific advice
dennis wake15/11/2010 22:31:56
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hi Paul
    and welcome to the site. it sounds that you have got a chuck similar to any normal metal lathe.this is the one that is set up by adjusting every jaw separately. unfortunately it is very hard to set up.  is >>this<< the type of chuck you have got. it would of been better to get a scroll chuck for self centering the work . >>this<< is mor the type you realy need.
  sorry to put a dampener on it .
Garfield16/11/2010 10:41:56
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I too had one of these lathes, and bought the chuck you have.  I soon got rid of it in favour of the dakota scroll chuck and have never looked back.  I also use the face plate and screw chuck for holding some of my work depending on the size of turning i am doing.  Good luck with your turning
paul johnson 216/11/2010 19:18:02
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May I start by saying thankyou for your reply's, Cedric your right in what your saying I can do so much with a screw chuck, face plate and claw drive which Ive already got and still learning to get to grips with these. I bought the lathe about 12 months ago and have turned a couple of shallow bowls and mushrooms and then my better wanted to move so it was a case of pack the tools away for a while, well settled in the new place and I built my new  block work shop 5.5m2 x 4.5m2 all fitted out now and ready to go. So its a case of picking up the tools and getting used to them again.
Dennis you are right in saying I got the one where you tighten each chuck which is a bit beyond me i will have to look into the self centre chucks. Ive recently bought the last two copys of wood worker and was going to make turning the goblet into my next project which they use a 4 jaw chuck hence my first post.
Garfield im glad you give your opinion on the lathe as im well aware you get what you pay for but didnt wont to jump in feet first and find out I couldnt get to grips with it thank guys.
Alan T.17/11/2010 19:10:38
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Hello Paul, Welcome to the forum. Hot glue also works very well and is cheap and quick.
 Looking forward to seeing pix of your first attempts. We all started in much the same way as your self.If you can't find a wood turning club locally try and find a basic instructional video or CD, say by Keith Rowley.I'm sure most of us learned by making mistakes and hopefully not repeating them. Good luck.   Cheers   Alan T.
paul johnson 217/11/2010 19:47:32
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Thanks for your reply Alan unfortunately there aint any turning club's in our area some times they have demo's about 50 miles from where I live  been once but a long way to go.As I said in my previous post only just picked up the tools after a while so im going back to basics to get the feel again, been doing a lot of reading and research when I do my first project I will post a picture.
Ron Davis17/11/2010 20:14:53
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Hi Paul, welcome to the site, as you will already noticed, we are always ready to help.
You have yet to fill in your profile, if you would and give a rough idea of where you live we may be able to point out a few woodturning clubs near you.
Try the AWGB web site and look there for clubs in your area. If you live anywhere Bury St Edmunds then there is a welcome for you here with us.
paul johnson 218/11/2010 20:16:44
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Thanks for reply Ron, just to let you know ive updated my profile and looked on the AWGB web site and to my delight there is a club about 7 miles from my door step Pembrokeshire wood turners so Im going to email them and hopefully go along to there next meeting.
Thanks Paul.
Alan T.18/11/2010 20:27:45
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Hello Paul, I'm sure you will get all the help and advice you need to get started at the club. Best of luck.    Alan T.
Ron Davis19/11/2010 17:55:49
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Good luck Paul, put a few pix on an album once you have made something
Eric Harvey 120/11/2010 11:19:59
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Hi,I`ve seen one of those chucks close up,they really are cheap and cheerful,you might be better investing in a cheap self centering scroll chuck,as the one you have will be extremely hard to centre as all four jaws have to be wound in independantly,regards,

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