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Axminster Evolution SK114 Woodturning Chuck

  • Made in Axminster using CNC techniques
  • Durable stainless steel body
  • Supplied with soft grip chuck key
  • Newly designed longer accessory jaws
  • Made exclusively in Axminster, England
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£199.96 - £209.95 (£166.63 - £174.96 Ex. VAT)

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In Detail

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The concept and design of the Evolution SK114 chuck was born from our desire to create the best woodturning chuck possible. It features a super-slim stainless steel body incorporating newly designed longer accessory mounting jaws. These low profile jaws offer a greater contact area within the slide ways of the chuck, minimising vibration during use. The ultra-compact design keeps the work piece as close as possible to the headstock of your lathe to lessen the load on the bearings and prevent unwanted vibration during heavy stock removal. The Evolution is fully compatible with all accessory jaws and is the first of a new series of chucks and jaws. We are very proud of our new Axminster chuck which should give you many years of reliable service.

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This product is on page 340 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2019/20 Catalogue.
Axminster Evolution Chuck

Woodturning continues to evolve

Our chuck system, the Evolution series, is just the start of a new generation of true British made, quality engineered products that have evolved and been carefully manufactured with pride here in Axminster.

The Axminster chuck system is devised to maximise work holding on the lathe, it is cleverly thought out and proven by our own turners and customers who, over the years, have offered ideas or constructive criticism.

Made in Axminster - the first all British-made super precision woodturning chuck system packed with innovation and accuracy...

Chuck production

Stainless steel - the perfect choice

We are mindful that chucks can corrode so stainless steel is the perfect choice of material for the chuck. Other chucks including our own K series chucks are plated which requires the chuck to be made undersized and accept the plating process to bring it into tolerance. The Evolution is not plated but is machined to tolerance for a perfect fit of both jaws and lathe mandrel.

Worthy of super precision status

By machining the scroll register and cutting the thread all in one operation, we can ensure that no errors arise in concentricity. In fact there is no perceivable error in this process. Our jaws are machined to within 2 microns, giving us accuracy worthy of super precision status.

Indexing divisions on the back plate

Smoother, faster and cleaner

The standard chuck is 50mm deep and is designed to sit as close to the headstock bearings as the mandrel will allow. This minimises vibration and gives a much smoother turn allowing for faster and cleaner cuts, extremely important when turning large hollow forms. It is also good engineering practice and does not overload or test the bearings in any way.

Reverse locking

Available on the T38 M33 x 3.5mm chuck. It is achieved with unique yet simple facial locking screws which can be dedicated to the lathe to ensure that the lathe spindle register is not damaged in any way.

Reverse locking

Can I use my existing jaws with the Evolution?

Yes! The chuck slide-ways and scroll are fully compatible with any jaws that have been made for Axminster chucks. The new longer Evolution jaws are recommended for use only with the Evolution chuck, but standard accessory mounting jaws work just fine.

What's in the box?

Soft grip chuck key

Three hardened pinions ensure the chuck is always accessible, from any angle, to tighten with the key. The key has special grips to avoid slippage and has a warm tactile feel. It is always good practice to tighten all three when securing a large piece of work on the lathe.

Finely machined SafetyJaw

Manufactured in our own machine shop in Axminster, these long accessory mounting jaws are unrivalled for quality and precision. We like to call them SafetyJaws because a unique feature of these jaws is that if extended beyond the body of the chuck, the edges have been modified with a slight radius to minimise the chance of injury should hands get too close to the rotating chuck during use.

Supplied in storage box


Back in 1984 we produced our very first woodturner's chuck having thought long and hard about what would be an ideal chuck for a woodturning lathe. As engineers, we automatically preferred a scroll chuck and as three jaws were totally out of the question for woodturners (cutting triangular stock is just not that easy), the four jaw chuck system was born.

It wasn't long before we explored all manner of different accessories for the chuck as engineering style jaws were a little limited if not dangerous. We devised a style of mounting four quadrants of a profiled disc that we called jaws, these jaws are still to this day compatible with all the chucks we have made. It is important to us to ensure that the accessories you purchased yesterday will still work with the chucks we make and sell today.

Something we never anticipated was that our chucks would be copied so much and that the market would be so large. Our design was based around interchangeable sets of jaws where the accessory jaws were interchangeable from set to set, whereas other makers relied upon just the one set of jaws, changing eight screws every time you change the profiled quadrants.



Chuck Diameter 114 mm
Model Evolution SK114
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