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Make Your Own Wood Turning Screw Chuck

A little touch of wood turning history that is still very juseful today, a home made screw chuck can be just the thing for a lot of facepalte turning.

wood turning glue block

A screw chuck is a very old and very handy way to hold a lot of projects such as bowls and platters on a wood turning lathe. Begin by taking a piece of scrap wood, here about 3" on a side, and gluing it to a glue block, or screwing it to a spare faceplate.

glue block on wood turning lathe

Knock the corners off on the band saw (not necessary but nice) and mount to the lathe.

project begins

Turn it round with a slightly concave face and a dimpled center.

accessory, drill press

At the drill press, drill for a tight fit of a #14, 1 1/2" long sef tapping sheet metal screw. This can also be done on the wod lathe with a drill in the Jacob's Chuck if you have one. 3/16" is about right.

screw in place

Insert the screw.

finished project

I like to cut off the tip with a Dremel or similar. The screw chuck is typically used on the wood turning lathe with a pre-drilled hole and the point is not necessary.