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  1. Here we are, into March already. Hard to believe. The robins have been here for a couple of weeks so I guess spring can't be too far away. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan used his machinist skills to design and build a really useful drilling attachment for his lathe. His tailstock quill was reengineered for easier drilling- Dan received lots of comments on his work! Please check out more images and some of the things our members had to say! @RustyFN 's new lathe was delivered this week! I hope we didn't cause it to rust too bad
  2. Have you ever been working on, or polishing a piece that is supported only by the chuck and bumped it off center. I have and have been able to use the tail stock attachments to get it back to center. Provided that they will fit. However, my attachments are small, I have a mini lathe. When the piece of work is too large to fit the attachments, such as a hole in a in a piece, my attachments will fit in the hole. I made a couple of wooden Oak pieces similar to the metal ones to solve that problem. The one time I tried it out, it worked. I have NO intention using them for anything else. You
  3. Your replies have taken me to areas of turning I've never heard of. Rubber Chucky was a neat and great idea. The string center looked like a very old concept. A lot of set up. I made up something like Chucky. My tail stock is a kit that contains about 6 different centers, holes, etc. I turned down a piece of Oak and drilled a hole for a round pencil eraser. I am going to try other materials too and larger erasers. Could be a great way to hold a pointed piece.
  4. Ok let's see if I can describe this correctly---- #1 is it safe? #2 is it practical? Question: Can you round off the corners of a square (say 12x 12 x1") from the tailstock side? I know it can be done along the axis of the bed-- but perpendicular to the axis? I saw ONE video on youtube & he turned it round pretty quickly!! He was using a carbide cutter, not HSS. Just plunged it in and cut off the corners Project: I was planning on making serving "platters". Normally they are made from a 3" thick piece of wood with the center hollow
  5. I'd like to know the name of a tailstock part. Instead of coming to a precise point that sticks in the center of your piece, it is just the opposite. It is tapered inward and will have an adjustable piercing point in the dead center. When turning small ornaments, I sometimes break a piece and could repair with another piece, if I knew dead center. I made one of wood and it worked good. However one made of steel would be SO much nicer and easier. Thanks
  6. As part of my offering plate project I am doing recess tenon, or expansion mode. When I resize the recess after drying , because it has turned into a football, I like to return the back before placing into the chuck again. Get some slippage because i do not want to use a point on what will be finished surface. I have tried bringing up the tailstock with a softtouch and getting this slip sometimes . Wondering if anyone has a better idea? I see there is a reversing adapter on live center , 1x8 thread from Pennstate. Also Oneway makes a adapter 1 1/4 8 x 3/4 10 which screws onto the l
  7. Any Shopsmith owners, @Gene Howe etc, can you tell me if a universal live center will fit a Shopsmith lathe tailstock or does only the SS live center fit the tailstock assembly? Thanks!
  8. Maintenance is always a hot topic but just how do you do it. The first video covers the tailstock and quill and I have used this as a guide.
  9. This one covers the rest of the lathe . Notice how spotless his lathe is
  10. Gerald and I have discussed a tailstock support for delicate turning, such as tree ornaments. Your tailstock must have bearings to do this. I found some very stiff foam at Micheals that is 1" in dia and about inch long. I fashioned a holder made of oak, pressed the foam in and drilled a tapered hole to accommodate the piece. I have not tried it yet, but will report when I do.
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