Ellipse Chuck


Historical Ellipse Chuck

An Ellipse Chuck is used to make oval parts. It is sometimes called an elliptical chuck or oval chuck.

Ellipse Chuck

Additional pictures of this device

Examples of work produced with this device

Examples of this device in use

Usage Notes

  • Dale Larson shows how to turn an oval bowl in this YouTube video.

How it works

This is not a project that I would recommend for the weekend machinist.

Notes on making one

More Information

Published Articles

Books and Papers

  • Paul Pryibil secured a patent, #94,130 on 24 August 1869 for an "Improvement in Machine for Turning Ovals". The patent can be read here.

Web Sites

  • John Edwards' web site, OrnamentalTurning.co.uk, really does a far better job explaining these devices than I could ever do, and there is also a lot of great information there which is worth reading.
  • Understanding the historical devices really helps make one far better at understanding and using today's rose engines. The newer designs for devices like a spherical slide still draw much from what was done more than a hundred years ago. And this is why so many books that were written up to 200 years ago are referenced in the Books section.



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