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Old 10-31-2018, 03:25 PM
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Been wanting to do this a far a few years. The old chuck key was too short and you would hit your hand on the corner of the lathe control box when the chuck was at 45 degrees. Worked fine at top center and 90 degrees. Made from 304 stainless.

Bubba helped me with making the square end and drilling the 3/8" hole on his mill. Shaft is 5/8" and the handle is 3/8". drove the handle in real tight so no weld required. Kinda purty too.
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Old 10-31-2018, 09:05 PM
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Nice. I made a taller one for my lathe at work to for same reason. I also welded a pipe on piece of plate to set on top of the lathe to hold it up too.


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Old 10-31-2018, 09:49 PM
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Nice. I made a taller one for my lathe at work to for same reason. I also welded a pipe on piece of plate to set on top of the lathe to hold it up too.


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Thanks. I have a set of hooks for it just behind the chuck on the wall.
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You should never reach over the chuck on a lathe. The key and other tooling should be accessible without putting your hands in the work zone.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:46 AM
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You should never reach over the chuck on a lathe. The key and other tooling should be accessible without putting your hands in the work zone.
I never reach over with the lathe turning.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:34 AM
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never is an absolute it only takes one error. It may not be you using the lathe your grandson is growing up and if so inclined will also use the lathe.
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Pic of the lathe chuck key I made for work lathe. And some pics of items I have stored on top of lathe. One before and after cleaning up today. And my folding wrench I made for the qctp.Click image for larger version

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You should never reach over the chuck on a lathe. The key and other tooling should be accessible without putting your hands in the work zone.
A mining company I worked for had a key holder on top of the lathe with a switch in it, you had to put the key in before the lathe would turn on. I guess someone had left the key in the chuck one time.
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