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Prevent Cramped Hands

When I had to turn 275 large rosettes, I quickly found that my left hand cramped from holding my ½” bowl gouge and gripping the chuck key. As an experiment, I made a wooden sleeve through-bored for the tool’s shank. I bored and tapped three 3/8” holes. Applying light pressure on three set-screws held the sleeve in place. The cramps in my left hand disappeared.

To solve the problem with the chuck key for my r-jaw scroll chuck, I found a 1 ¼” dowel through-bored for a 5/16” carriage bolt, then cross-bored it 5/8” for the chuck-key shank. This trick prevents me from getting annoying blisters on my hands.

~ Robert Vaughan, Roanoke, Virginia

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