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Bernard Towers' Lantern Chuck


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Neil Wyatt09/02/2021 09:56:26
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I’ve had several an avalanche of queries asking for the drawings of this neat design.

Bernard is very pleased people like his lantern chuck. He is drawing up the design with pencil and paper, and it should appear in MEW 302.


Phil P09/02/2021 10:08:10
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Do you have any more details or photo's of Bernard's lantern chuck, it is not something I am aware of.



IanT09/02/2021 10:37:30
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They are in MEW 301 Phil.... wink


Martin Kyte09/02/2021 11:17:16
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I have to say that the Lantern Chuck article is the very essence of what a small project for MEW should be.

It's reasonably quick and cheap to make.

It's something that, even if you were aware of, you probably will not have got around to making yet (like me).

It's a genuinely usefull piece of kit that once you have you keep using.

It's, as far as I am aware, not something you can buy.

I do make quite a lot of workshop tools and equipment but usually on the more elaborate side such as dividing heads etc. The smaller stuff tends to get overlooked especially when there are workarounds and lash ups which just delays making the proper piece of kit. I have been sometimes going to make a lantern chuck for about 20 years and the article has given me a sufficient nudge to get on with it.

Thank you very much Bernard. You have done me a great service.

regards Martin



Edited By Martin Kyte on 09/02/2021 11:18:30

Neil Wyatt09/02/2021 12:45:11
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I agree, I would like to be able to publish more projects of this type - good learning project for a beginner, useful for the experienced.


Andrew Tinsley09/02/2021 13:35:58
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Like Martin, I have been meaning to make one for many years! I will now get stuck in, thanks Bernard!


RRMBK09/02/2021 19:01:17
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Hi Neil.

If you are not a subscriber and your local newsagent / WHS doesnt stock MEW, is there a way to buy individual copies by post please?

Mike Poole09/02/2021 19:12:50
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Posted by RRMBK on 09/02/2021 19:01:17:

Hi Neil.

If you are not a subscriber and your local newsagent / WHS doesnt stock MEW, is there a way to buy individual copies by post please?

The RH end of the black bar above has a back issues button which takes you to the back issue supplier. I think they supply on a “when they are gone they are gone” basis. Failing to find what you want there you can find most copies on eBay which will usually be used copies.


JasonB09/02/2021 19:20:59
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Posted by RRMBK on 09/02/2021 19:01:17:

Hi Neil.

If you are not a subscriber and your local newsagent / WHS doesnt stock MEW, is there a way to buy individual copies by post please?

You can also buy digital back issues from Pocketmags as well as the current issue, allows printing off of two pages at a time.

bernard towers24/04/2021 18:58:26
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drawing in issue 303 has a mistake . the dimension for screw cutting the internal thread on the lantern screw should read 0.710 screwcut 32TPI. to be a close fit on thread on body. Hope neil sees this as it needs to be noted in the mag.

Edited By bernard towers on 24/04/2021 19:23:02

Tricky30/04/2021 16:32:51
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lantern chuck 1.jpgThis is my version of Bernard's Lantern Chuck. I did have a problem with some of the dimensions on the drawing in MEW 302 as they were a mixture of imperial and metric and there was a spurious 1.2 (inches ? ) which was obviously wrong. I think it would have been better to have the drawing in either imperial or metric or as 2 separate drawings. The other thing I found was that with my fat fingers it was a little difficult to get a screw-holder and screw into position ready for shortening.
lantern chuck 2.jpgI was quite pleased to get the 2 parts screwing together nicely as I used a carbon steel tool that I inherited with the lathe from my father and must be over 60 years old for the external thread and a home-made silver steel internal threading tool. At least on my Myford S7 the 8tpi leadscrew makes it easy to cut a 32tpi thread.


bernard towers30/04/2021 19:37:53
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sorry Richard but the 1.2 dimension does not appear on my original drawing. the mix of dims are there to enable people to imagine the sizes as some people think in imperial and some in metric. It looks like you have made a good job of it and I hope it gives you pleasure using it. Try putting your screws in with tweezers.

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