Axminster Evolution SK114 Woodturning Chuck
Axminster Evolution SK114 Woodturning Chuck
£189.95 - £209.95 (£158.29 - £174.96 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Evolution SK114 Woodturning Chuck

  • Made in Axminster using CNC techniques
  • Durable stainless steel body
  • Supplied with soft grip chuck key
  • Newly designed longer accessory jaws
  • Standard threads:
  • 3/4" x 16tpi (T01)
  • 1" x 8tpi (ref T04M)
  • M33 x 3.5mm (ref T38)
  • 1.1/4" x 8tpi (T23)
  • 1.1/2" x 6tpi (T02RL)
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£189.95 - £209.95 (£158.29 - £174.96 Ex. VAT)

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The concept and design of the Evolution SK114 chuck was born from our desire to create the best woodturning chuck possible. It features a super-slim stainless steel body incorporating newly designed longer accessory mounting jaws. These low profile jaws offer a greater contact area within the slide ways of the chuck, minimising vibration during use. The ultra-compact design keeps the work piece as close as possible to the headstock of your lathe to lessen the load on the bearings and prevent unwanted vibration during heavy stock removal. Indexing is achieved by 24 peripheral slots and 36 holes within these on the chuck back plate giving the option of 10° or 15° indexing. The Evolution is fully compatible with all accessory jaws and is the first of a new series of chucks and jaws. We are very proud of our new Axminster chuck which should give you many years of reliable service.

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Axminster Evolution Chuck

Woodturning continues to evolve

Our chuck system, the Evolution series, is just the start of a new generation of true British made, quality engineered products that have evolved and been carefully manufactured with pride here in Axminster.

The Axminster chuck system is devised to maximise work holding on the lathe, it is cleverly thought out and proven by our own turners and customers who, over the years, have offered ideas or constructive criticism.

Made in Axminster - the first all British-made super precision woodturning chuck system packed with innovation and accuracy...

Chuck production

Stainless steel - the perfect choice

We are mindful that chucks can corrode so stainless steel is the perfect choice of material for the chuck. Other chucks including our own K series chucks are plated which requires the chuck to be made undersized and accept the plating process to bring it into tolerance. The Evolution is not plated but is machined to tolerance for a perfect fit of both jaws and lathe mandrel.

Worthy of super precision status

By machining the scroll register and cutting the thread all in one operation, we can ensure that no errors arise in concentricity. In fact there is no perceivable error in this process. Our jaws are machined to within 2 microns, giving us accuracy worthy of super precision status.

Indexing divisions on the back plate

Accurate indexing

Indexing should always be as accurate as possible, so we have placed 24 divisions on the peripheral edge and a further 36 are placed more centrally on the face of the back plate.

Smoother, faster and cleaner

The chuck is just less than 50mm deep and is designed to sit as close to the headstock bearings as the mandrel will allow. This minimises vibration and gives a much smoother turn allowing for faster and cleaner cuts, extremely important when turning large hollow forms. It is also good engineering practice and does not overload or test the bearings in any way.

Reverse locking

Achieved with unique yet simple facial locking screws which can be dedicated to the lathe to ensure that the lathe spindle register is not damaged in any way.

Reverse locking

Can I use my existing jaws with the Evolution?

Yes! The chuck slide-ways and scroll are fully compatible with any jaws that have been made for Axminster chucks. The new longer Evolution jaws are recommended for use only with the Evolution chuck, but standard accessory mounting jaws work just fine.

What's in the box?

Finely machined SafetyJaw

Manufactured in our own machine shop in Axminster, these long accessory mounting jaws are unrivalled for quality and precision. We like to call them SafetyJaws because a unique feature of these jaws is that if extended beyond the body of the chuck, the edges have been modified with a slight radius to minimise the chance of injury should hands get too close to the rotating chuck during use.

Soft grip chuck key

Three hardened pinions ensure the chuck is always accessible, from any angle, to tighten with the key. The key has special grips to avoid slippage and has a warm tactile feel. It is always good practice to tighten all three when securing a large piece of work on the lathe.

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Back in 1984 we produced our very first woodturner's chuck having thought long and hard about what would be an ideal chuck for a woodturning lathe. As engineers, we automatically preferred a scroll chuck and as three jaws were totally out of the question for woodturners (cutting triangular stock is just not that easy), the four jaw chuck system was born.

It wasn't long before we explored all manner of different accessories for the chuck as engineering style jaws were a little limited if not dangerous. We devised a style of mounting four quadrants of a profiled disc that we called jaws, these jaws are still to this day compatible with all the chucks we have made. It is important to us to ensure that the accessories you purchased yesterday will still work with the chucks we make and sell today.

Something we never anticipated was that our chucks would be copied so much and that the market would be so large. Our design was based around interchangeable sets of jaws where the accessory jaws were interchangeable from set to set, whereas other makers relied upon just the one set of jaws, changing eight screws every time you change the profiled quadrants.



Diameter 114 mm
Model Evolution SK114
Reviews (17)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.9 out of 5 based on 17 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



27 September 2017

what an amazing chuck

nothing to deal whith my first holzman one
very precise and tight, using on a leman tab 110 no vibration ,very "comfortable"

Rob Legge

13 July 2016

Good "New" fashioned British Quality

Stunning on all counts. I think Axy have addressed every little niggle regular chuck users had with this upgraded Evolution. The stainless single body eliminates rust and concentricity problems and the actual scroll chuck mechanism is a joy to use. Literally can turn with one finger. My Nova's are a lot more clunky than that and I even have a cheapie from Rutlands which is excrement compared to this beauty. You do pay a bit more but my goodness the difference is worth it! It also goes to show that we can still engineer fabulous quality precision tools in this country when we grasp the nettle!

William HUNT

3 July 2016

Well Engineered Precision Chcuk

I purchased the SK114 chuck for my new AT1628VS because of its existing reputation and the fact that the jaw collection I had for my Clubman 100mm chuck were interoperable with the exception of the C type dovetails jaws which are unique for the chuck. I also purchased the long soft grip chuck key separately, which gives easy reach over large diameter projects close to the chuck. This chuck is solid, engineered with precision and is a great compliment to the AT1628VS.


14 June 2015

Envious friends

Bought last year with a 1628vs lathe
this chuck is beautifully made very precise and a joy to work with
all my woodworking friends cannot believe the quality and finish you get for the price
thanks again axminster

Geoffrey Laycock

6 June 2015

Superb Chuck

I've had a Super Precision chuck for many years and this new design seemed a logical addition as all my existing jaws would fit. It is a great piece of kit, well made and finished. The safety jaws we have seen in recent years are safer than standard square edge ones but not 'safe' so I hope no one forgets the risk with larger workpieces. If it fits your lathe I can't think of a better choice.

I have one criticism, and this is a half hearted one - maybe my chuck was over enthusiastically filled with grease as higher speeds even now occasionally sees the black stuff being flung from the adjusting screw housings. I have a nice line of it on my once lovely white wall and a shirt that is no longer anything but 'workshop' wear! I don't think there is any surplus left in there now but I still check every time I switch off.

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