First of all, I apologize for what will be an Endless series of questions but I'm out here all by my lonesome except for my cyber buddies. So I'm sure that there will be a lot more questions as I puzzle this thing out. Sure is different from going to a workshop where everything was set up !
While I'm waiting for the stand to arrive so I can set up the lathe I thought I'd clean up the chuck and add the jaws to it. I have been following the directions EXACTLY and are sure that I have the proper jaw on the proper number on the chuck. The directions say to Nip up the machine screws (I guess that is New Zealand speak for tighten ), then back off a half turn, then carefully close the chuck so the jaws are touching with even pressure, then tighten down all the screws.
When I do this, the inside of the four jaws don't appear to form a circle, but a kind of "round square" . Is that because the geometry of the jaws has to accommodate a range of travel and the interior part isn't important?
I haven't tightened anything yet, maybe a picture will help so someone can tell me if this normal or if I've got a lemon.
Off to the shop with the camera