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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 07-22-2018 01:58 AM

One of the setups I experimented with was power cutting dowels. Notice that I’m using a custom tail stock which holds a hollow shaft with R-8 collet taper and threaded like the head stock spindle. This makes tooling setups very convenient. There’s a much better method I think, and some day I’ll get around to experimenting with it. The three jaw chuck on the tail is stationary (don’t get excited about key left in chuck) and fitted with wooden jaws that hold the round section of the stick after the cutter. The little chuck on the headstock is a four jaw that grips the square stick. When in operation, the headstock is cranked toward the tailstock while the stick is spinning against the cutter. The round stock exits through the hollow tail stock tube, which also holds it from flopping like a fish out of water.

The middle and last picture are from the back side. The middle picture shows the stationary cutter in the lathe tool rest. This tool holder was an optional accessory available in the day.


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