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3.1" 3-Jaw Self-centering Wood Lathe Chuck

Product #: 1043
Price: $168.00

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This chuck is identical to our # 1040 self-centering chuck except that it has a 1″-8 TPI thread that accommodates most wood-working lathes. Because this chuck was initially designed for machine-lathe work, its accuracy far exceeds what is necessary for general wood turning. It has a clamping range of 3/32″ (2 mm) up to 1-3/16″ (30 mm) diameter with the jaws in the normal position. With the jaws in the reversed position, work up to 2-1/4″ (56 mm) can be gripped. The hole through the chuck is .687″ (17 mm). Rotating the knurled ring closes all three jaws simultaneously to quickly grip round or hexagonal stock. Tommy bars (provided) are used in the holes in the side to tighten and loosen the chuck for more leverage.

Jaw Options

  • For those who have jobs where speed and ease of use are more important than maximum accuracy and want a chuck that is loose right from the start (No extra charge).
    Add the note “loose jaws” to the “comments/shipping instructions” box when checking out.
  • Soft (unhardened) steel jaws are also available upon request (No extra charge).
    Add the note “soft jaws” to the “comments/shipping instructions” box when checking out.
  • Interchangeable top jaws are also available.


  • Chuck Diameter - 3.1″
  • Jaw Capacity -
    With jaws in normal position: 3/32″ (2mm) – 1-1/2″ (38mm)
    With jaws in reverse position: 3/32″ (2mm) – 2-3/4″ (70mm)
  • Through Hole Diameter - .687″ (17mm)
  • Thread Size - 3/4-16
  • Chuck Body Material - 12L14 Steel
  • Chuck Jaws Material - 12L14 Case Hardened Steel

Removing a Stuck Chuck from the Spindle

Use one tommy bar in the hole in the spindle and another tommy bar in a hole in the chuck body to achieve enough leverage to unscrew the chuck (counter-clockwise) from the spindle thread. If the chuck becomes stuck on the spindle thread, put a tommy bar in the hole in the chuck body. Place a block of wood against the tommy bar where it enters the chuck. With a small mallet, give the block of wood a sharp tap, turning the chuck in a counter-clockwise direction. It should not be necessary to hold the spindle, as its inertia should be sufficient. (Don’t hit the tommy bar anywhere other than right where it enters the chuck or you could bend it.) This small but sharp force at the outer edge of the chuck should break the thread loose and the chuck can then be unscrewed by hand.

Download PDF 1040 Instructions

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