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    134 Year old Chuck restored. Pictures

    Hello everybody

    Years ago, when I bought my lathe it came with a small 4 inch three jaw chuck. It was the type with with solid jaws. The jaws however had worn down very badly, so over the years whoever owned it had turned the jaws down farther and farther to true them up. By the time I came to own it, it had barely any gripping surface.

    This past Christmas, I got a 5 inch three jaw and was reminded of how much easier these are to use than 4 jaws. I decided to fix the old 4 inch. It will be used primarily on my indexing head where I like it for its small mass and easy clearance with various setups.

    To fix it, I took out the jaws, deburred everything with a file, then mounted the jaws in a mill and cut a step into them. After that, I drilled and tapped 8-32 holes to secure top jaws. The top jaws are just plain medium carbon steel machined to fit.

    The chuck was originally made by the D.E Whiton Company. The patent is for 1884. I suspect the chuck is about that old.



    {img}ttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByjCA4lYPu9QcGt2NXN0dFZpc2ZhbzJTOUFmUXZMM TAyekdr{/img}


    {img}https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByjCA4lYPu9QU01VSFR0VVRvZ0VkQUxVa2VDcm1nW kVsdU5B{/img}

    {img}https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByjCA4lYPu9QNWV1MXJBNnNVZFBHTnE4U3lDS2JEL UI4THJV{/img}

    {img}https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByjCA4lYPu9QM0pWazlrQWx1dXJfb29XZkZsNHFNN WVNQ0JB{/img}


    Side note. I'm trying to figure out if I can use image tags to link photos in my google drive account. If anyone has had success with that, let me know.

    Bill
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    Junior Member Giovanni's Avatar
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    Nice work saving old iron!

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    IMG tags want square brackets, not curly. I've had no luck getting my pix stored on google to show up that way, but it may be possible to get it to work if you don't give up as easily as I did.

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    I use my 3 jaw chuck to hold my 4 jaw...lol.

    Although I appreciate the effort in revitalizing the old piece of equipment, I can tell you that I'm chomping at the bit to trash my current 3 jaw for the integrated back plate so I don't have to spend a mere $130 on a dedicated back plate for my 4 jaw.

    I've also been playing with Google Photos for hosting. I've been using my android phone for video/pics as of late and automatic back up to google drive and the import over to youtube, is extremely handy.
    FLAME ON...!!!!

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    Chuck backplates are pretty easy to make. Especially in small hobby sizes. Flywheels off DC motors make a great starting point

    Cheers Phil
    So, whats your Plan B?

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    I have given some serious thought to building one, but there's more to building a camlock backplate then boring and tapping one for a little southbend.

    A finished D1-6 camlock with pins will cost me ~$130 + shipping. The materials to build one would be close to that, then my time which is in short supply. The shipping costs are the only thing preventing me from just ordering one. If I was in dire need the credit card would be out. As it is, I'm hoping to find something at auction or maybe grab one out of the states during my next business trip when I get to drive.
    FLAME ON...!!!!

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    Are you saying you would mount a camlock system on a South Bend lathe so you don't have to thread and unthread chucks?


    Also, I just put up the youtube video of the whole modification process here:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKOkUPD7TDM
    Use those coffee makers with the spout out the bottom to preheat you oil!

    My foundry: http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/album.php?albumid=1

    My waste oil burner:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwpKCsiWKls
    Metal casting video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ui24..._order&list=UL

    My website : maniacmechanics.blogspot.com

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    No. I'm saying fabricating a camlock back plate is more difficult and costly in material then building one that requires a chunk of iron with a hole and some threading.
    FLAME ON...!!!!

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