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I don't often mention making Longworth chucks but the last two days has been a blast! I cut three sets yesterday, four this morning, and as soon as I got the final one boxed up today we got another order for one that I'll cut tomorrow. They're just kind of fun to cut and I guess what I like most about them is there's no glue and no finish.

It took exactly one hour today to cut two 12", one 14", and one 18" and then a little over an hour to sand and box them (four different boxes, going to four different states). Plaques, trophies, display cases, cutting boards, custom work and all those other things are fun, as well, but there's a lot of sanding, waiting on glue to dry, waiting on finishes to dry, etc.

Longworth chucks are something I can start and finish in a short timeframe and that's a nice departure. Plus I get to use a fair amount of the shop tools in making these - circular saw to break down the 5x5 BB, table saw, drill press, CNC, stationary 6x48 belt sander, drum sander, and ROS.

Cut today -
Auto part Rim Wheel Spiral Metal


We're just grateful to have the orders and blessed to have the work to keep me busy in the shop and out of Sandy's hair! :grin:

David
 

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Who would have thunk, David. You didn't even have any idea that would be your claim to fame!!

You been following FLA threads? Nate is really getting slammed.
Yes sir, no idea what a Longworth chuck was a year ago!

Nate brings it on himself, unfortunately. I've helped every chance possible with suggestions, coaching, prodding, keeping him in the loop with comments I see on forums, etc. but to no avail, it seems. He could be going strong and growing his company if he would just communicate with people in a timely manner.

That's really great David! I've made one for myself and if you ever close your Etsy shop, I'm gonna jump in there.
Only 2 shops selling them on Etsy!!! That's really amazing. Hundreds of shops selling turned table legs like mine. 馃槥
I'm really surprised, but pleased, that we've sort of become the 'go-to' shop for Longworth chucks. I think we passed the 150 mark last week and that just amazes me! Thanks for holding back on selling them! :grin:

I guess table legs are sort of like cutting boards and trivets - lot of choices. I have several original designs that generate a lot of interest but few sales. And the standard items that can be bought at hundreds of shops don't sell much, either.

What's the name of your shop, Joe? You should add your Etsy shop to your signature line.

David
 

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So you just sell "blanks", with no threaded mounts or adapters?
I've made a few of these a few years back, but was routing a pocket for a nut in the back, to mount them to the headstock.
Yes sir. There are so many variables and so many choices for mounting and hardware that I just provide the blank discs and let people choose the rest of it. I could provide all that but I'd have to buy it, stock it, mark it up, increase the shipping weight, and then may only get a handful of sales because the price is now much higher and the hardware I may have chosen doesn't fit what someone needs.

I'm going with the KISS method on this - blanks only although I will (and have) customize the size to suit as needed.

David
 
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