Paper Chuck


Home Made Paper Chuck

A Paper Chuck is used to hold a piece of paper so that an image of the rosette's final product can be visualized. The shape of the rosette may not be readily evident about the product it will produce, plus the other variables like the rubber's shape can change what the rosette produces.

A paper chuck is sometimes called a Tympan Chuck, especially in historical documents. A tympan is a tightly stretched sheet or membrane, as on the head of a drum. In this case though, the tympan is a piece of paper held by the chuck. Typically, the ones which are more nicely done are called Tympan Chucks. Frank Dorion's article shows a very professional design (see below).

A typical paper chuck is designed to hold an index card (e.g., 4" x 6"), and Lindow Machine Works makes a very nice one. Other sizes of paper can be used as shown in the home made paper chuck to the right.

Traditional Paper Chuck

Note: the traditional paper chuck can only be used to show the effects of rocking motion, not pumping motion. There have been some who have made a cylinder (e.g., using a plastic tube) and affixed paper to that. Such a device can indeed show pumping motion. There are some examples below

Additional pictures of this device

Paper Chuck - Simple, Yet Effective

Paper Chuck showing side pattern

Paper Chuck using an Acrylic Cylinder

Examples of work produced with this device

Examples of this device in use

Usage Notes

How it works

Notes on making one

Sources for buying one

More Information

Published Articles


Web Sites



########## Standard Footer for all pages ##########

About this Site

Disclaimer: eMail comments to me at OTBookOfKnowledge @ The process of woodturning involves the use of tools, machinery and materials which could cause injury or be a health hazard unless proper precautions are taken, including the wearing of appropriate protective equipment.