|Tip: Vacuum Chucking with Stronghold Chuck in Place|
Vacuum Chucking with Stronghold Chuck in Place
I use the Oneway Stronghold chuck and didn't like to have to take it off to use a vacuum chuck. To solve the problem, I made a jig using a disc of MDF with a small disc of oak centered in the middle and glued in place. The oak is turned to the correct size to fit the standard jaws of my chuck.
I made a variety of different-sized jigs to accommodate natural edge bowls, utility bowls, and plates, and I made a larger one to fit the large jaws of my chuck. Now, when I am ready to finish the bottom of a piece all I have to do is grab one jig for the size of jaws I am using at the time, chuck it, and I am good to go. With the largest size, I have turned wall hangings up to 40" (100 cm) in diameter, entirely with a vacuum chuck front and back. Be sure to take only light cuts and have an on and off foot switch handy.
~ Dan Burleson, Troy, MO