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1/2" Drill Chuck
1/2" Drill Chuck Item #20777
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$39.99 Each
#1 Morse taper
#1 Morse taper Item #20785
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$17.99 Each
#2 Morse taper
#2 Morse taper Item #20793
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$19.99 Each

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1/2"drill chuck for lathe and two choices of morse tapers (sold separately). Use this drill chuck and either the #1 Morse taper or #2 Morse taper listed to assemble as shown. Key is supplied with chuck. Both #20777 and either #20785 or #20793 need to be ordered to complete assembly as shown. This assembly is used on a lathe to hold a mandrel for turning wood pens and pencils.

Notice: Chuck shown with a Morse Taper installed.
(1) Lathe Chuck or Tapers
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Weight 1.2700
Type Drilling
4.6 / 5.0
84 Reviews
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Works great for my Nova commit 2
July 10, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
A great lathe accessory
A great lathe acccessory, work really well with my large size forester bits.
January 20, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Fits my Nova Comet perfectly, makes center drilling a snap.
August 18, 2018
over 3 years ago
good quality
July 7, 2018
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Multiple uses
Bought this for my mini lathe and ended up using it on the lathe to hold a drill bit to drill out some brass rod and center an 8-32 Tap to make some custom gun cleaning rods.
April 27, 2018
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Seems to be a well made product. So far so good.
February 12, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Chuck and taper
Works great with my new lathe
January 30, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Lathe chuck and tapers
I am glad I ordered these; they have been used much more than I ever expected to. Getting a good start on hollowing is vital, and these tools make the job fast and easy. Nicely done Rockler.
January 22, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I fits
It fits the new lathe I got. Have not had time to use it much, looking forward to this winter.
November 1, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I love my new chuck. It works perfect for my project
October 3, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I bought my lathe from Rockler and I'm sure this will fit.
James N E on Jul 29, 2018
lathe did not have one
Michael R on Jul 20, 2018
I bought my lathe from Rockler and I'm sure this will fit.
James N E on Jul 29, 2018
I did not have one
David Y on Jul 28, 2018
lathe did not have one
Michael R on Jul 20, 2018
Needed for my chuck
Doug M on Jun 14, 2018
because I ordered the wrong one to start with...
Wanda C on Jun 11, 2018
needed to add to my lathe
Wanda C on May 17, 2018
To drill piolet holes.
KAREN R on Apr 9, 2018
I bought these to make holes in my work on my wood lathe.
RICKY S on Apr 8, 2018
necessary for projects such as cheese knives etc
Anthony V on Apr 3, 2018
Kent on Mar 21, 2018
Center drilling on the lathe.
Christopher D on Feb 27, 2018
drill holes on my lathe. I already have one but cannot find it since I moved. Could I have a catalog?
George R on Feb 5, 2018
I'm making game calls
Rob C on Jan 18, 2018
I will be using this with my Excelsior Lathe to enhance my wood turning abilities along with the NOVA G3 Chuck that I recently purchased.
THOMAS O. on Jan 8, 2018
Husband wanted it.
Candace M on Jan 2, 2018
I have a large order for turned candlestick holders, and this drill chuck will ensure the candle holes are centered properly.
Mike on Dec 31, 2017
Got a new lathe with a #2MT instead of the #1MT on 1/2 chuck I got from Rockler earlier
Larry J on Dec 15, 2017
Pen projects
Ricardo G on Nov 1, 2017
Only 1 offered. Should come with the MT included, but does not.
dom n on Oct 15, 2017
Was the only option I saw.
Andrew G on Oct 3, 2017
required for lathe
DONNA B on Sep 8, 2017
Needed this to drill centered holes in turnings.
BOB W. on Aug 12, 2017
Necessary equipment for lathe function
William F on Mar 9, 2017
TO drill blanks
Glenn B on Feb 8, 2017
Give me enough room on short lathe to bore out deep vase with forstner bit.
James A on Feb 3, 2017
Need a new chuck for my lathe
Jeff P on Jan 27, 2017
reviews and price
kenny c on Jan 22, 2017
lets me do a lot different thing with my jet lathe
gene n on Jan 20, 2017
Great price, great tool
jeremy i on Jan 15, 2017
To add to the versatility of my system.
Christopher M on Jan 15, 2017
It will save me the trouble of having to set up the drill press to do the same thing
William H on Jan 13, 2017
good product at a fair price
Russell S on Jan 11, 2017
love this #2 taper fits HF tool (harbor freight) mini lathe
Sam C on Jan 5, 2017
use with new mini lathe
Tom H on Jan 5, 2017
Needed for new Lathe purchase
Dale J on Dec 31, 2016
I have a cabinet shop and theses are the supplies I need
Ken B on Dec 26, 2016
I want to use my chuck on my lathe
Michael C on Dec 14, 2016
pen making
kelly L on Nov 30, 2016
To upgrade my existing lathe.
Jim K on Nov 26, 2016
High quality.
Russell G S on Nov 17, 2016
Access to a # 2 Morse taper which will permit use in my drill press as well which cannot close down for smaller bits.
BRIAN R on Sep 29, 2016
makes drill blanks easy
Lou W on Sep 8, 2016
I need this chuck for my lathe to center holes in pieces.
Ralph A on Aug 1, 2016
I needed a tailstock means of drilling and boring on my wood lathe.
Jean-Paul D on Jun 26, 2016
required for use of the mandrel to make the cheese knife set and to allow lathe to be used in drilling
Russell A on Jun 3, 2016
My old one broke...
Chris M on Jun 3, 2016
For lath
Michael H on May 11, 2016
Rockwell rep
John M on Apr 25, 2016
Cause the other one didn't fit.
John E on Apr 13, 2016
to use with mini lathe
Doug A on Apr 4, 2016
I did not have one
David Y on Jul 28, 2018
Needed for my chuck
Doug M on Jun 14, 2018
I need a chuck for an old Craftsman Drill press. The quill on the press has a short taper, about 1 inch long, 5/8 in on the large end, 9/16 on the small end. I wonder if this chuck will fit my press?
Steve S on Dec 30, 2015
The chuck itself keeps vibrating off of the taper. How do you keep it on? The one end of the taper seems secured in the lathe but the chuck will not stay secured to the opposite end. I'm using it with a simple bottle stopper mandrel.
shopper on Nov 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Your chuck isn't on the taper true. Knock it on a little harder with a mallet or hammer/block while the jaws are completely open.

Use a trustworthy straight piece of steel dowel stock or a non taper drill bit you don't mind getting bent and spin it up in the chuck. Check the dowel or drill it with a dial gauge while you spin it by hand.

Tap the rod accordingly, extremely gently. It takes a surprisingly light tap to adjust.

That'll work 90% of the time. If it doesn't, use a bearing press. Go slowly and make sure it's going on straight and mind not to bend the spindle.
Can this be used in the headstock without a tailstock spindle or will it fly out?
Mike J on Nov 28, 2016
What is the taper on opposite end of the mt2?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Look up "Machine Taper" on Wikipedia. There is a table that gives the dimensions for Morse Taper 2 units. Note that some MT1 units are a bit longer than specified and if you use an adapter, say from MT1 to MT2, you may have to slightly shorten the MT1 unit.
What is the taper shaft size that the chuck mounts to? It looks like the morse taper is a separate part. Since these are also sold seperately, they must be two parts...
What is the shaft diameter of the morse taper shoulder that the chuck mounts to? ....assuming this comes in two parts. Looking for a 5/8" jacobs chuck
jshirey on Apr 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These are sold separately. We offer the morse taper in a #1(20785) and a #2(20793)
The #1MT is much smaller and fits most older model Craftsman lathes
The #2MT is what most lathes will be using.
I have a rockwell delta wood lathe 46-525, is there a tail stock chuck that will fit ?
EDDIE M on Jun 11, 2016
Does this come assembled?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No. You must place the chuck onto the taper. Make sure you order the proper taper that matches your lathe.
Will this work for my craftsman lathe model 113.228162?
Tpain on Feb 23, 2019
Will this chuck work with the Excelior 1018 mini lathe sold by Rockler?
Richard M on Feb 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes it works with the Excelior lathe.
Will it hold a 1/16” drill bit tightly?
Thunder P on Oct 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it holds a 1/16” drill with no problem.
Is the back end of the chuck drilled and tapped for a draw bar ?
Larry H on Oct 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The chuck that I purchased is not drilled and tapped to receive a threaded draw bar.
Can you drill a 2.5 inch hole with this chuck?
Kevin C on Jan 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I’ve gone up to 2inches w forstner bit. I think with the right bit and slow speed it would do 2.5. It’s solid
Looking for confirmation: Have a Jett 1221 Lathe and looking for a drill chuck. Am I correct that I must order the chuck PLUS the taper as two separate items?
Bill D on Jun 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Bill you are correct the chuck will come with the key and depending on your lathe you will also need to order a MT#1 or MT#2 taper
I have a Nova Comet II midi lathe... Which taper will it take?
iabeef on Dec 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: # 2, good way to remember is you have a Nova 2.
What threading is needed to hold the Morse taper in the lathe?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There are no threads on this morse taper. It is held in place by friction.
How do I tell which Morse-taper I need, a #1 or #2?
Chip R on Jun 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Should say in the manual for your drill press, which is probably online if you don’t have it.
Does the #2 Morse taper come in different lengths? I can't put my drill chuck on the head end of my lathe because the taper is to long.
Gerald B on Apr 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I think there is only 1 length. Google shows only one size for all tapers
Will this fit the Jet JWL-1014 mini lathe?
Hope H on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have the mini lathe and this chuck. They work great together. I use it all the time.
Will this work for a jet 1221 woodworkin?g lathe
Dave B on Nov 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: One of the Morse tapers should...they are standard sizes, and both will work with the chuck itself.
Will this fit the excelsior mini lathe?
John R on Oct 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will. Thats the Lathe I have and I use it a lot. Happy Turning
I need a tapered lathe chuck not the drill one the other end that clamps materal
Zonk T on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A different supplier offers a 1"x8 tpi with MT2 tailstock chuck adapter but I have not seen one from Rockler.
What number taper do I need for a Excelsior mini lathe?
David C on May 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Excelsior lathe is MT2
How is drill chuck arbor installed in chuck?
Frankf F on Feb 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Just put it into the tail stock on your lathe, that’s it!
I have a Delta mini Lathe, will this fit my lathe, I'm not sure of the taper. I think a # 2 would work but not sure ?
Frank K on Jan 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Can’t answer fit, I have a Grizzley G0766 lathe. Look for one that you can put a draw bar on to hold to your headstock
I have a shop smith and the drilling chuck is missing, I don’t know the taper any suggestion?
Cookie on Oct 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don't know the taper but what I did was take my part that has the taper with the 4 things to turn the wood into rockler and see what chuck I needed
what is the diameter of the non tapered end ?
dochoop on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The answer is that there is no non tapered end, the entire shaft is tapered..
It appears to be a #2 morse taper, so the entire shaft is tapered and there are no non tapered diameters.
The lathe chuck with taper is stuck in the lathe, what is the best way to loosen for removal?
George F on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Enter an answer to this question.You should have a rod that goes into either the headstock or the tail stock. Put the rod in place and gently tap the chuck out.
I have the Excelsior Mini Lathe. What taper do I need?
Rob C on Jan 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This lathe takes a #2 taper.
Kindly confirm my specifications; Drill chuck Morse taper- 1-2(1/2 x 20) capacity 13mm body 53mm Dim, length 86mm, key - s3. Is this exactly what you have?
Obil S on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes it is and i am happy with it at this point
I have an old Ridgid wood lathe model WL1200LS1 can some one tell me which morse taper should I use on the tail stock?
andres n on Dec 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If it is long and skinny it could be 1# If it is a bit larger It could be a 2# Do you have the end piece, it you do take it to Rockler and they could tell you
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