Thanks guys...I'll give it another bash later with the suggestions posted up here.
Now off to watch those Videos!
PS Bill - point taken about leaving the key in the chuck! In my lame defence, it was late & I just wanted to get some rough & ready photos posted up here (the lathe wasn't even plugged in when the photos were taken!). As it goes my lathe has a chuckguard that is meant to close a safety switch when in position - problem is I got the lathe in a state of disrepair & the chuckguard switch mechanism was lying loose in a box - I can't for the life of me see how the switch can be closed by the chuckguard - so for the time being it's overridden...but I will pencil in a trip to one of the Axminster stores soon, to see if I can eyeball how the darned thing gets actuated by the chuckguard. I realise it's a golden rule & I'm actually paranod about it - far better to have a failsafe like a chuckguard switch which will protect my cheek from being embedded with the key (that said it might get me a couple more weeks off work)
04-09-2009 #13Looks like I'm gonna have to get some smaller tools.
If I were you, I'd have a close look at the tool-post mounting to see if you can reduce its height by 4-5mm (even if it means getting some material machined off the bottom), it'll give you greater flexibility in the choice of tool.
If you can find a cheap quick change tool post, it may allow you a greater range of vertical adjustment, plus you get the advantage of easy tool height setting FOC.
I would strongly suggest changing the toolpost for a quick change system like this one - http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/Catalo...-Tool-Post-Set
It will make life so much easier for you.
Thanks chaps ...time to splosh a bit of dosh by the looks of it.
(Bill...'casing the joint' ...there's no way I can get that tool post lower - I can only hope that a quick change toolpost wins me back a bit of real estate below the tool post.)
As it goes, I'd previously tried to wrap my head around how/why a quick change tool post would be so benefeical (though the name of it is a bit of a giveaway!), but I can now see that lining the tool up is likely to be a major time sump.
In the end to make the pulley wheels I needed for my homemade coil winder, I milled them in 'halves' them on my homemade CNC - then glued them together! The edges were a bit rough so I tidied them up on the lathe using a wood chisel & a tool bit (I kid you not). It worked, but my oh my...what a laborious way to get some pulley wheels. Yes, I know....pulley wheels only cost coppers, but I couldn't find them in the sizes I wanted (& I wanted them today!)
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