Tips & Tricks Issue 85: Morse Taper as Jam Chuck

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This article is from Issue 85 of Woodcraft Magazine.

Here’s an easy way to make custom-sized dowels on a lathe using squared stock that’s too small to hold with a spur or jawed drive chuck. Just remove the chuck, and use the Morse taper in the drive spindle as a jam chuck of sorts. (A #2 Morse taper will snugly accommodate a 5/8"-square blank.) Push one end of a wannabe dowel into the tapered recess, center other end on the tailstock, and turn.

—Mikey Panicky, Ventura, California 


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