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  • by Rockler

    While it's possible to turn a bowl with just a faceplate on your lathe and maybe a shop-made jam chuck, it's a lot easier if you equip your lathe with a four-jaw chuck. As the name suggests, this type of chuck has four jaws, and these jaws can be adjusted in and out to hold a workpiece, either by contracting around a turned tenon or expanding into a recess you turn in the workpiece. Most chucks also include a large screw insert for mounting blanks for shaping and turning the tenon or recess. Four-jaw chucks are an investment, so you want to choose wisely. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when deciding on the best chuck for you.

  • by Ernie Conover

    While the usual turning projects involve making a rounded piece on your lathe, expert Ernie Conover demonstrates an unusual but useful woodworking project.

  • by Woodworker's Journal

    Rockler's Lathe Tool Holder has a swivel arm that attaches to your lathe, giving you a table to keep turning tools and supplies at hand while you work.

  • by Kim Adams

    Adding a little fun to your homemade utensils or turning projects can be as simple as creating a fun shaped and/or colored handle.

  • by Rob Johnstone

    Friction polish can be a turner's best friend, creating attractive, high gloss finishes on projects while they're still turning on the lathe.

  • by Kim Adams

    Rockler offers pen turning kits in Carbara and Sierra style kits, giving you new and unique options for creating your own turned pens.

  • by Kim Adams

    The Woodworker's Zone WoodWiki instructors lead students in making a wide variety of turned tool handles from simple turnings to complex carvings.

  • by admin

    Rockler's Laser-Cut Inlay kits make adding lays to your Sierra pen turning kits simple, offering an extra levels of detail for advanced woodturners.

  • by Kim Adams

    Rockler employee and woodturner Matt L. from Seattle practices an eccentric brand of woodturning, involving three axes and hand-rubbed sanding.

  • by Kim Adams

    Woodturner Virgil Leih takes turning to a whole new level, rather than just turning small blanks, he works with a whole tree trunk for his art.
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