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  • Made using CNC production for accuracy
  • Stainless steel body for durability
  • Features longer Safety accessory jaws
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Woodturning continues to evolve

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

Made in Axminster

The first all British-made super precision woodturning chuck system packed with innovation and accuracy...

Stainless steel & worthy of super precision status

We are mindful that chucks can corrode so stainless steel is the perfect choice of material for the chuck. Other chucks are plated which requires the chuck to be made undersized and accept the plating process to bring it into tolerance. The Evolution SK114 is not plated but is machined to tolerance for a perfect fit of both jaws and lathe mandrel.

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.

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 is available on the 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.

What's in the box?

  • Evolution SK114 chuck
  • Soft grip chuck key
  • Long accessory mounting jaws

Choose your chuck

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 pinions 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. Added safety features also help to ensure the jaws correctly mounted safely to the chuck.

History

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.

Advice from our experts

Read our Buying Guides or contact us to find out more

Which chuck is right for me?

The range of Axminster woodturning chucks now covers almost every type of work-holding requirement. Read the guide and compare our chucks to help you decide.

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Can I use my existing Axminster jaws?

The Evolution slide-ways and scroll are compatible with any jaws that have been made for Axminster chucks. Our resident turners are here to help you understand the system.

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More than thirty-five years ago, Axminster produced and marketed one of the world’s first four jaw self centring chucks for woodturners. Over the years, much of the development has come from the feedback and input of professional woodturners. With over three decades of experience in production and design, we believe these latest chucks are the very best on the market today. Manufacturing of the Evolution chucks, jaws and accessories is done entirely in our production facility here in Axminster.

The Evolution SK114 features a super-slim 114mm (4.5") diameter stainless steel body incorporating newly designed longer accessory mounting jaws. The ultra-compact design keeps the workpiece 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 longer accessory mounting jaws increase the contact area within the slide ways of the chuck, further minimising vibration during use. 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 Axminster chucks and offer a 5-year guarantee. All you need to do is choose the chuck thread to suit your lathe.

Made entirely in Axminster, England.

Key Features

  • Made using CNC production for accuracy
  • Stainless steel body for durability
  • Features longer Safety accessory jaws
  • Supplied with soft grip chuck key
  • 114mm (4.5") diameter
  • 5-year guarantee
  • Made entirely in Axminster, England

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