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Chucking odd items
Posted by: Rick Provencher (---.phnx.qwest.net)
Date: August 06, 2017 06:03PM

I saw a recent post about thread art on different items and so as not to hi-jack the thread I am starting a new one. I love the wine glasses that were done in the Photo section and was wondering how I could chuck a glass to use to apply the epoxy finish. I have an 8' rod wrapper w/dryer.

I was thinking a suction cup to suction to the base of the glass and then a rod of some kind to hold in the chuck. I can figure out a holder for the glass section to keep it level, I think, but wondering if anyone has any ideas?

Thanks, Rick

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Re: Chucking odd items
Posted by: Matthew Paul (---.lightspeed.milwwi.sbcglobal.net)
Date: August 06, 2017 06:37PM

I glued a dowel to the bottom and removed it after it was cured

The best day to be alive is always tomorrow !!
Think out side the box when all else fails !!!

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Re: Chucking odd items
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: August 06, 2017 07:15PM

Last year, I worked with a fellow who wanted to do factory mass production of glass ware. He wanted to emulate the machine that is shown in the following video at time stamp 1:36 - 2:35.


I worked out the design and purchase of the motor that he is going to use on the motor. Then, he was using the services of a rubber molding company to make a one of a kind rubber chuck that would fit n the end of the motor shaft and grab and secure the bottom of the stemware for painting.

It all worked out very well.

So, to answer your question, he effectively used a machinist lathe chuck to hold a special rubber chuck that in turn held the glass ware.

Good luck

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Re: Chucking odd items
Posted by: Lou Auret (204.16.161.---)
Date: August 07, 2017 08:07AM

Do not overlook the use of a hot glue gun.
I have wooden mandrels and base plates that i chuck up and use hot melt glue to hold pieces on. A good free turning tailstock and you are good to go.

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Re: Chucking odd items
Posted by: Chris Richer (131.137.243.---)
Date: August 08, 2017 01:55PM

I have heard of people using the devices used to install and remove light bulbs in tall ceilings to hold the glass. Check Home Depot for these.

Personally, I have an ALPS chuck (http://alpsforecast.com/products/tools/alps-chuck-upgraded/) that I modify, by reversing the rubber pads, to clamp the inside of the glass.
I tape two glasses together by their bases. I chuck one glass on the inside of the bowl in my chuck by expanding the chuck. I use a rod support running on the other glass for support. Works for wrapping and epoxy.

Chris Richer
Iroquois ON

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