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    • The spring loaded keys are rather annoying with slippery hands. Far better to get into a well practiced routine - take the key out.   Roger
    • I've seen sprung loaded chuck keys, so they can't be left in, easy enough to do. 
    • Hello John                   I would make it out of thickish plywood as you are not using cutting fluids and a couple of coats of any old paint you have will do and easy to put about a 2" upstand all around the edge. I will be a lot easier than sheet metal! Roger ps I would not bother trying to do screw cutting at this stage as you will only get frustated !! Just get use to basic turning and bigger cuts than you are used to!
    • Good plan, Roger!  Also to catch oil?  Easily made up from some sheet steel.  It's not a coolant type lathe, that has a sump, but anyway.   I've noticed that machinists use  oil on the work sometimes, especially when thread cutting.
    • Hello John                    You also need to build a swarf tray or it will be Everywhere and it is somewhere to put tools etc that you using at the time! Roger
    • My Warco 240 has a spring loaded chuck key, which is a tad annoying to use, but negates the possibility of accidentally leaving it in. Ian
    • Bit like leaving a round in the breech? Complete aside, but I was listening to an "In Our Time" episode about George Stephenson, the Father of the Railways.   It might be of interest to the many professional engineers here.   The historians told of Stephenson's enormous eminence, being invited to join many companies as director, and  advising Governments on steam, railways and all engineering matters, in the UK and abroad.  His son, Robert and other engineers likewise in the 19th century (eg Brunel).    Bragg commented that the role of  "engineer" had fallen in status considerably since then, being more associated with oily hands and low or middle management in the 20th, rather than leaders of industry. This was discussed by the academics in the extra ten minutes that the pod cast has in addition to the programme, and they said that in other countries, France, Germany, Italy this is not so.    It was attributed to the policies of those countries to prioritise inward investment, while Britain with its Empire was outward looking and profit-orientated, so the financiers became industry leaders. I can't comment on this, but maybe you guys might like to? John  
    • A lesson learned by your own experience rather than that of others. My old workshop supervisor would remove the key and throw it into a rather large and contaminated grease pot and would stand over the person while they removed it with no tools.
    • Workshop supervisor at school used to get very worked-up about leaving chuck keys in chucks…… We were a bit “yeah, yeah, calm down man” then one day one of my scattier colleagues demonstrated what actually happens. Luckily it stuck in the wall (after a ricochet!) rather than than any of us  I’ll not forget that!
    • Hi John,  you are excused. You did not have an apprentice TRainer that would take the key oput of the chuck and smash it into the back wall of the drip tray making an embarrassingly loud announcement of your error.   You never forgot this.   Roger
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