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GKman
07-12-2008, 04:05 PM
Gotten a lot of good help here this week so will try to give something back. I liked using digital calipers so much on my lathe carriage:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/gkman/P3280205.jpg

That I thought I would do the same on the tail stock ram. Ran into a problem with it though. The way that the ram is keyed to the tail stock there is several degrees of free play (slop) so I couldn't clamp the calipers at both ends. Didn't know if it work work but was well into the project and didn't want to give up so tried a more flexible mounting. Caliper hooks over a dowel and is held in place by a rubber band. Works good.

See the little bulls eye just to the left of the zero on the caliper? You don't tug on superman's cape and you don't drill a mounting hole in your Harbor Freight calipers either.:rolleyes:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/gkman/P7120058.jpg

The same two brackets also will hold a dial indicator.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/gkman/P7120059.jpg

miker
07-13-2008, 01:00 AM
Thanks for posting GK. I have been procrastinating about the Tailstock caliper for ages. I will take your idea onboard and get it done.

Could you post some more detailed pics of the Carriage mountings? If you have previously, please just direct me to it.
Nice job!

Rgds

GKman
07-13-2008, 01:27 PM
Thanks for posting GK. I have been procrastinating about the Tailstock caliper for ages. I will take your idea onboard and get it done.

Could you post some more detailed pics of the Carriage mountings? If you have previously, please just direct me to it.
Nice job!

Rgds

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=28366

Nothing fancy. About anything you can dream up to clamp the various parts together will work.

gld
07-14-2008, 12:09 PM
Here is one I made last March

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=28169