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from magazines like Popular Mechanics. Many of the images were compiled by Russell Hall
(unfortunately, the publication date has been edited from the images).
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Shop-made Lathe Taper Attachment|
Mounted on a small lathe can be adjusted to turn outside or inside
tapers on work mounted between centers or in a chuck for taper boring.
Attachment is made entirely from stock materials. Turning a taper by
offsetting the tailstock of the lathe is a common practice but the
method has several disadvantages. In turning a taper by offsetting, the
lathe centers are out of alignment which can result in inaccuracies due
to burring of the center holes in the work, also possible scoring of the
lathe tail center. Only work mounted between centers can be tapered by
the offset method; taper boring cannot be done. In small shops where the
amount of taper work does not warrant the outlay for a conventional
taper attachment, it is possible, using stock materials, to make one to
fit nearly all small lathes. The taper attachment in this set of plans
was made to fit a 9-inch lathe. As a rule, the parts dimensioned will be
suitable for various makes of 9-in. lathes and possibly those of
slightly larger or smaller swing.
Lathe Milling Fixture Has Compound Angle Setting|
Two features of this milling fixture recommend it to machinists and
manual-training departments doing specialized work and also to
modelmakers with widely diversified problems in machining small parts.
This fixture can be completely made on the lathe for which it is to be
used and it has a provision for compound-angle settings, a particularly
valuable feature where the shop lathe must be made to serve as a milling
machine. 5 pages of blueprints, photos and text.
Heavy-duty Lathe Boring Bar|
This versatile boring bar is especially designed to provide maximum
rigidity for turning and boring operations on diameters up to the full
capacity of the average lathe. Made to the dimensions given, the unit is
suitable for use on lathes having up to 13-inch swing. 3 pages from
Lathe Depth Stop|
This depth stop for an engine lathe does not have to be removed from the
spindle for adjustment. One page drawing and text. From 1949.
Micrometer Stop for Lathe Carriage|
When doing precision facing, depth boring and duplicate shouldering in
the metal lathe, a micrometer carriage stop is essential. It's easy to
make one by using a micrometer-caliper head, a head with a ram travel of
0 to 1 in. being sufficiently large for average use. One page drawings
and text. 1949.
Doing Multiple Threading on the Metal Lathe|
Very extensive 6 page how-to article on multiple threading with photos
and tables. 1947.
Lathe Pipe Centers|
Small job shops and individual craftsmen having only infrequent use for
pipe centers can save money and setup time by making one or a pair to
handle those occasional jobs requiring the turning and threading of
tubing or pipe in the lathe. 2 page article with drawings, photos and
Tailstock Hand-lever for Small Lathes|
Lever operation of the tailstock sleeve doubles or even triples the work
capacity of a small lathe when carrying out repeat operations such as
drilling, tapping and reaming on semifinished work pieces. This is due
mainly to the single stroke of the lever action when compared with the
many turns of the conventional handwheel necessary to run the sleeve
back and forth within the limits of its travel. The lever action
conversion does not interfere with the use of the sleeve in a fixed
position. No dimensions are given as you have to determine these from
your own lathe. One page with photos, drawing and text. 1949.
Improvised Tool Post Grinder|
2 pages with drawings, photos and text. 1949.