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    Almond Mfr chuck

    I just came by an Almond Mfr chuck. It is an MT-2 pin and then your typical 1/2" drill chuck. I'm planning to clean it up and use it as a tailstock chuck in the lathe. I tried taking a pic, but my wife uses my camera far more than I do and there was no battery juice left in it. Anyhow, does this possibly count as old iron?

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    Almond Mfr chuck

    That depends on the date of manufacture. Try looking for the patent date on it somewhere. Older tools had that on them.

    But I am sure it won't be shiney new stuff.

    Good find my friend. That should work real good for the lathe. And, if you ever get e drill press with a #2 MT, it can share duties there too. Good chucks are nice to have. You never know when you'll have to hold something round. Now you have another way.

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    Here's some info on a suit between Almond Mfg and Jacobs regarding chucks.

    Dates about 1910ish.

    http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/...1/00000949.txt

    http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/...1/00000149.txt

    FWIW

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    Found batteries for the camera.

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    The text is washed out by glare, but the inside flat ring of the collar that turns to tighten and loosen the chuck (is this a collar?) reads: Almond Mfg. Co. Ashburnham, Mass. NO- 39. I made the text of the chuck purple in hopes that Vaughn will be lured to this thread.

    I do already have a drill press with an MT2 chuck, but don't like the idea of swapping the chuck back and forth from drillpress to lathe - I'd probably drop it and break it somehow.

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    Sure. Next thing can you get parts to rebuild it. I would guess it would be a little worn for a good tailstock if your gonna use it to do any center drilling
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    I plan on using this in my wood lathe, so any center drilling will be done prior to final shaping to allow for perfect concentricity.

    As an aside, how does one disassemble a chuck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kosmowski View Post
    As an aside, how does one disassemble a chuck?
    Take a look here Mark:

    http://www.beautifuliron.com/jacobs.htm

    Also interesting write-up on the Almond Chuck HERE
    Last edited by Frank Townend; 03-26-2009 at 12:02 AM.



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    Thanks, Frank - didn't know to pound in the spindle to the chuck. Maybe that is why my HF chuck on loan to Ned keeps falling apart on him.

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    You are welcome Mark, but with Ned your guess is as good as mine.



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