It’s my own damn fault too.
A while back I managed to actually BREAK my little 3 inch 4 jaw chuck on my mini lathe.
Apparently I got a little too enthusiastic when trying to get rid of some run out on a piece and over tightened one of the jaws.
All at once it went from being kind of tight to loose and sloppy.
Fuck me. I opened it up and found that I had broken off a thin piece of the casting that holds the adjuster in place.
So I screwed around as usual until I got fed up and ordered a new chuck.
Except this time we are going big and being done with it, right?
Also as usual, I wasn’t paying attention to the fine print.
Probably because I couldn’t fucking see it.
So anyways, I get this new 4 inch lathe chuck that needs to go on a 3 inch spindle.
I thought I saw that the chuck came with an adapter.
I was quite obviously mistaken, because it didn’t.
Going back to The Little Machine Shop website where I ordered it from and doing some back tracking, I see where I made my mistake.
They do actually sell this chuck with a backing plate.
I hadn’t completely lost my fucking marbles because I thought I remembered seeing that.
Where I fucked up was buying the chuck when it was on sale at a much cheaper price.
Apparently somewhere down there in the ant tracks it must have informed me that it didn’t come with the backing plate adapter, you gotta order that separate.
Now here’s where I fucked myself, again.
I did all this homework a couple of weeks ago and even looked up the part number for the adapter, which BTW, is only HALF finished. The side that fits on the spindle is done, you gotta machine and drill the holes to fit your chuck!
At the time I didn’t have a lot of playing money so I figured I’d just wait a couple days until I got paid and order one then.
I even kept the ordering web page open with all the info filled out.
Corona virus baby.
SHUT EVERYTHING DOWN!!
Every motherfucking thing got shut down in the next couple of days, including The Little Machine Shop. They ain’t taking any orders.
FUCK ME AGAIN!
So being the stubborn asshole I am, I start looking for alternate suppliers.
Somebody somewhere, has got to have one of these little fuckers laying around.
So I keep looking.
I found this one on Ebay, IN ENGLAND…. for about $32 and whatever the hell it costs for shipping, probably twice that.
Um yeah, I’m sorry, I am not paying to have that piece of fucking shit shipped all the way over here so I can deburr the fucking thing just to get it out of the box and then HOPE it fits.
So I waited.
And waited and waited.
It’s not like I don’t have anything else to do but it started raining so my plans got set back whatafuckingsurprise, EH?
Off to the internets we go, looking for a backing plate, again.
Long story short, I actually did find and order one.
ALSO FROM FUCKING ENGLAND!
How in the hell those guys are open when we aren’t is an absolute mystery to me but I found a pretty popular European supply source for these fucking Mini Lathes called Arceurotrade.
It didn’t take too long to find one, register on their website, fill in the order details, close my eyes and poke the NEXT button to find out what the shipping was going to be.
Meh, according to them it was about what they wanted for that hack job pictured above.
Lemme tell ya, if the thing shows up and it looks like that one. some bloke over in Jolly Olde is going to be learning some new vocabulary over Ye Olde Telephone right quick….
complete with Angry American Accent.
So about $45-50, God only knows how long to get it here and I will be on to Stage 2 of the Great Chuck Upgrade.
At this point I ain’t holding my breath.