View Full Version : To Taper a Barrel

02-04-2010, 09:23 PM
Is there an easy way to full length taper a barrel on a manual lathe ?
The barrel in question is 30 HB.
The lathe I have is a Jet 13 X 36, 1985 vintage.

Thanks, Ron

Bob Ford
02-04-2010, 11:35 PM
A lathe bit sharpened as per Sherline. http://www.sherline.com/grinding.htm They cut well on sherline lathes. Use light cuts. Otherwise a belt grinder and a spindle to hold the barrel.


02-05-2010, 07:17 AM
As Bob says, use a sharp cutter and light cuts. I use the tailstock offset to get the taper and turn between centers. Chatter can be a problem, but if it is not too bad, the barrel can be cleaned up with a lathe file.

Does the Jet have 36" between centers?

02-05-2010, 08:58 PM
JC , yes I have 36 between center


02-05-2010, 09:02 PM
Ron; then turning between centers should not pose a problem. I usually turn a plug with bore diameter on one end and a flange on the other for the centers to run in so the bore is not damaged.