I've had an axminster clubman chuck for a year or so and have only used it
with the type C jaws. er, this is my first bash with an expanding chuck in
case you can't guess from the rest of the post.
These have a dovetail on the outside and a lipped internal grip on the
After one or two disasters with the expanding dovetail on bowls where i had
left insufficient wood around the outside of the recess to withstand the
forces - and that the internal recess can be left on the bottom of a bowl
but its not a great feature - i have tended to use the internal lipped
recess for most stuff and then take off the stub after finishing.
originally i would turn a stepped spigot to fit the lip - but i had one or
two of those fly across the room with the "stepping" bit splitting.
So i took to just doing a straight spigot.
But it tends to slip occasionally.
Two questions then - what does everyone else use - the inside stepped or the
outside dovetail. If you use the inside stepped do you turn a stepped
spigot or a straight one.
And would a different internal shape be better for bowls such as the
serrated one on the type H Medium gripper or the dovetailed ones on the Type
A ? (eg the kids don't know what to get me for xmas...)