It is a specialized faceplate for holding a bowl, plate, or platter so the tenon on the bottom can be machined.
How does it work?
It uses two counter-rotating disks with rubber gripper buttons to gently secure the vessel.
When is Longworth Chuck supposed to be used?
At the very end of the turning process. You will have completed the inside and outside of the vessel except for cleaning up the tenon. The Longworth Style Chuck grips the vessel and gives you access to the tenon for machining.
How do I know which size is right for my lathe?
Each Longworth Chuck Type 2 is named for the size lathe it was designed to work best with. As an example, a 12” Longworth Chuck will work best on lathes that can spin a 12” vessel or larger. The standard factory-supplied faceplate will be threaded 1” x 8 tpi since that is the common spindle size for 12” lathes. 16”, 18” and 20” Longworth Chucks will come with faceplates 1.25” x 8 tpi. There are Metric options available for an additional charge, M33 and M30.
Note: The gripper buttons are approximately 1” in diameter. For the maximum holding capacity, you must allow 2” total from the stated size. A 12” Longworth Chuck can hold a maximum sized vessel of approximately 10”. Similarly, a 16” Longworth Chuck can accommodate vessels up to 14” in diameter.
What is a Longworth Combo?
In addition to the Longworth Chuck Type 2, a set of doughnut rings and hardware is supplied. The set has one large doughnut ring the size of the chuck with a 6” opening, plus 4 reducer rings; 5, 4, 3.5, & 3”. Vessels smaller than 6” can be successfully held using these doughnut rings.
The doughnut rings sandwich the vessel between the Longworth Chuck and the doughnut ring so it is held like a vice. You have 100% holding security and the vessel can never fly out when the doughnut rings are bolted in place. We recommend using the tailstock if you are NOT using the doughnut rings.
Can I start with a Basic Longworth Chuck and add the doughnut rings later?
Yes, you can order just the Doughnut Rings and Hardware at any time. It is listed as a Longworth Chuck Upgrade. However, the total price is much less expensive when you order the combo, to begin with.
I already own a Longworth Type 1 that mounts in a 4 jaw scroll chuck. Can I use the doughnut rings with a Type 1?
NO! Type one Longworth Chucks are not designed to be used with the Doughnut Rings and the plates are likely to crack, they are phenolic resin and are not meant to have anything bolted to them.
What sizes do you offer?
We manufacture Longworth Chucks Type 2 in the USA chucks in the following sizes:
10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20. We can provide 1x8 or 1.25x8 for all sizes on request. We offer a metric option on some sizes, not all.
What If I’m Not Sure?
We are always happy to answer your questions and help you select the right product for your situation. Email us or better yet, call us at (770) 962-3821 eastern. If you get the voicemail, leave your name and number and I will call you back as soon as I can.
We currently use only Black HDPE 1/2" thick for all Longworth and Doughnut Chucks
The outer diameter of the disks for this chuck is 19.375"
When dealing with chucks this large a little run-out or wobble is natural simply due to the HDPE plastic material used in its construction and the sheer size of the assembly spinning on the lathe. HDPE is practically indestructible and tough as nails but it is plastic and as such subject to some movement. This could be due to changes in temperature or simply how the bolts are tightened. I've never been bothered by it but some customers have been. If you are prepared to accept some minor wobble and work around it, you will be amazed at this new improved version which rolls two popular types of chucks into one unit. I re-engineered the new version so you can use both modes at the same time. It is literally the best of both worlds.
For additional information email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (770) 962-3821 Eastern time zone.