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Thread: Kilroy, er Vaughn was here......

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    Oct 2010
    Abq, NM

    Kilroy, er Vaughn was here......

    Our very own Vaughn McM took some time out of his family visit to swing by for a little test drive on the little delta. He was kind enough to bring some wood for me to play with, rough turn my alltime favorite SW style HF (which is a paradox as I've never seen a pottery form like this one turned by a handful of different guys) And pointed out that my nova chuck was not running true because it was not flush on the spindle face. Enclosed are pics of the above, but as much or more time was spend yacking about the neighborhood, mutual associates and friends, guitars and BBQ. Awesome turner, and an all around awesome nice guy! I guess Im going to have to go to the delta 46-461 chuck, but what baffles me is that it is made by technatool. 2 different 1x8 inserts did not work. Technatool support had no specifics either??? Twirled it on a jet down at woodcraft, and it snugged right up. All/any help short of modifying a brand new lathe is very welcome.
    Thanks Vaughn, you rock dude!
    Last edited by michael james; 01-07-2011 at 02:57 AM. Reason: splr broken

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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Hey, I kind of figgered you and Vaughn would be getting together. Surprised the axes didn't come out for a jam session....

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Boy are you lucky Michael to get personal training like that and wood thrown in to boot along with machine maintenance and trouble shooting by a real expert on the subject. Well done Vaughn.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Hey that sounds great. Vaughn is a great guy!

    When I showed Vaughn how to use HIS lathe I had to stand on a box.

    Ignore the above unless you know the rest of the story.



    I have the same lathe and the Technatool chuck. I am not enamored with the chuck, however it does seat up tight on the lathe.
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell
    Hey, I kind of figgered you and Vaughn would be getting together. Surprised the axes didn't come out for a jam session....
    Michael was kind and didn't want to make me embarrass myself with a guitar.

    I had a great time meeting up with Michael. Turns out he lives in the middle of my old stomping grounds. Seriously, I could throw a Frisbee and land it on former in-laws' house. One block over is where a couple of my best friends grew up. My sister used to live about three blocks away.

    The Delta midi is a sweet lathe, and although there's a bit of runout with Michael's chuck, it's not a dealbreaker. Obviously, it can still turn out nice work...he showed me some good examples that he's turned. I'm perplexed why Teknatool doesn't have a threaded insert that correctly fits the specific spindle on that lathe. I'm sure you'll be able to get it worked out. (Come to think of it, I have a nephew who's a machinist in ABQ. I can check with him and see if he might be able to help bore out the first 1/4" or so of the insert you have.)

    Thanks again for the hospitality Michael, and hopefully we can get together and do some more playing.

    BTW Rob, I really appreciate the kudos, but I'm no more of an expert than anyone else who's been turning 3 or 4 years. I'm just a hack like most of the rest of us.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Mr McMillan you are being way way too modest. I would be willing to bet a poll here would say otherwise and i even know a a flatworker or two that would back me up and vote in your favor.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Kilroy, er Vaughn was here......

    Vaughn, Michael,

    I was just thinking of the bushing I made for Frank's lathe spindle. Perhaps your nephew could clear those first couple threads in Michael's chuck/adaptor.

    Seems I have found that certain spindles don't have their threads cut far enough and the chuck/adaptor threads hit the end before the chuck/adaptor hub face contacts the spindle shoulder.

    Actually, a steady hand and a Dremel tool with a 3/4" grinding stone can remove the internal threads to allow the chuck to fit better. It only takes 4 or 5 threads to hold a chuck on the spindle. The important thing is that the chuck/adaptor hub face seats flush against the spindle shoulder.

    A ring cut from a sheet of printer paper that fits over the spindle threads will help keep the threads from getting too tight and difficult to remove the chuck.

    Is that all as clear as mud?

    Just what I have discovered. Best of luck, guys.

    Aloha, Tony
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    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    All right! I, like Brent, thought there might be a meet between the two of you. Looks like that delta did a fine job on that chunk of wood And glad ya's got a chanch to swap a few lies along the way.

  9. #9
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Good way to spend to vacation time! Michael, your lucky I too have had the honor of some one-on-one time with Da Masta! It really makes all the difference!
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  10. #10
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Tony beat me to it. Yes, a simple, but properly fitting bushing behind the chuck and all your problems will go away.
    Thanks again, Tony. It is on my lathe/chuck right now waiting for me to put my shoulder to the test and finish the project in progress.
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