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  • lazlo
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    Here's Alan (Jackary's) thread on the Stepperhead:

    http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=32574

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  • dp
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    Originally posted by jackary
    I know I'm a late contributor to this thread
    Thanks for popping in here. I'd been searching through all my stuff looking for a link to your pictures as I recalled you'd come up with a very elegant solution and a fine looking machine in the process.

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  • jackary
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    Old Tiffie wrote
    Can you please post the link to it in full - you posted it some time ago. There will/may be some here who have not seen it to appreciate it.

    As regards your problems with accessing this site/forum - can you please explain/detail what the problems are or seem to be please?

    I expect that there may well be some others here with similar problems.

    There will also be some here who can identify the cause, the effects and the solution

    If you search " Stepperhead" on this forum or Google you will get some feedback. As to the computer problem it seems to have fixed itself after I asked the internet provider why was it so slow and threatened to change supplier. I may not be good at computers but how did it fix itself without any effort from my end apart from complaining? Any computer experts can give the reasons if they know the answers. Sorry to digress but the problem was that when I selected this group I got the reply that it could not be contacted and try again. Nothing I did or knew fixed it: it mended itself. The strange thing is that it only seemed to apply to this website so I thought I had been deselected. Paranoia rules.
    Alan

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  • dockrat
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    Tdmidget….been there, done that.

    Black moons. Got one of those and have made quite a few different points for it.

    Small.planes. that’s what’s going to happen.

    But you are all still missing the point of my rant which is why would they not design the tailstock to fit the saddle?

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  • lazlo
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    Originally posted by oldtiffie
    Jackary.

    That is a brilliant job - from concept, planning and execution.

    I never get tired of seeing it - ever!!
    Tiff, if you get Model Engineering Workshop, they have a 2-part series about Alan's lathe.

    As EVGuru noticed, it's a high-tech version of the Metalmaster.

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  • Black_Moons
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    Or buy a live center that sticks out an inch longer then most, some even have a fine taper after the point to give extra space for the tooling/toolpost.

    One of those replaceable point centers, you could make a new point for.. http://www.lathemaster.com/images/TN..._SET_-_MT2.JPG
    Last edited by Black_Moons; 11-11-2009, 09:18 AM.

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  • small.planes
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    Originally posted by dockrat
    Tiff-Dave you guys are right. There are many work arounds and I have used them all to get the job done in spite of the short tailstock but your all missing the point of my rant here. I wasn't whinning because I couldn't get the job done. I was whining because why couldn't they design a tailstock with one inch longer reach so we wouldn't have to jump through all these hoops to get the job done. I think I am starting to sound like my wife here. "All I want is one more inch"
    Yeap, I think I missed that....
    Mind you the solution is simple:
    Go get a piece of HRS, Use lathe, Make 1" longer tailstock barrel
    You could probably have done it by now

    Dave

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  • Black_Moons
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    hhaha at some of the other design choices on that.. Lets move the entire bed up/down to work height while milling, No compermising the lathe design there!
    Im sure keeping that bed within an arc second of alignment is fun :P

    Here I thought I had seen it all, but now iv seen the round collumn lathe/3in1 im sure I have.

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  • EVguru
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    I was trying to remember a solution I'd seen to the tailstock problem I'd seen and Jackary's post prompted my memory.




    http://www.lathes.co.uk/metalmaster/index.html

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  • oldtiffie
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    Brilliant

    Jackary.

    That is a brilliant job - from concept, planning and execution.

    I never get tired of seeing it - ever!!

    Can you please post the link to it in full - you posted it some time ago. There will/may be some here who have not seen it to appreciate it.

    As regards your problems with accessing this site/forum - can you please explain/detail what the problems are or seem to be please?

    I expect that there may well be some others here with similar problems.

    There will also be some here who can identify the cause, the effects and the solution.

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  • jackary
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    Tailstock Rant

    I know I'm a late contributor to this thread its because I have been having problems downloading this website has is been going wrong or is it my computer? Anyway here is my way or getting the topslide close to the tailstock with minimum overhang and a long 5" tailstock travel. Obviously a bit to drastic a mod for a normal lathe but it works well.
    Alan


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  • tdmidget
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    Hmmmm What is wrong with Baddog'sdea? I too wondered why tthe compound is parallel to the z axis. Turn it 90 degrees and slide the QC where you need it.

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  • oldtiffie
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    Laughing it off

    Glad to help Ernie.

    I do hope you didn't "end up" (and succeed in??) laughing your cock off!!!

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  • dockrat
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    LOL ya had me laughing with that link!!! What a great response!!! Another 1/2" would have done it. Too funny

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  • oldtiffie
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    Back to basics

    Originally posted by dockrat
    Tiff-Dave you guys are right. There are many work arounds and I have used them all to get the job done in spite of the short tailstock but your all missing the point of my rant here. I wasn't whinning because I couldn't get the job done. I was whining because why couldn't they design a tailstock with one inch longer reach so we wouldn't have to jump through all these hoops to get the job done. I think I am starting to sound like my wife here. "All I want is one more inch"

    Thanks Ernie.

    Impo(r?)tent things first.

    Was that "one more inch" meant to be longer, diameter or circumference? My problem was not so much getting it in as keeping it in. Sometimes it was or like a clapper in a bell.

    Now that we have got back to basics and have addressed the really important (impotent??) issues - let's get back to the lathe.



    When I first used a lathe in my pre-apprenticeship Trade/Technical School days - age 11 - 61 years ago - we used the classic "lantern" type tool-post - which did the job nicely - just as it will on your job. The "lantern" TPH held the tool on the axis of rotation of the tool post on the top-slide.



    http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb...8&postcount=13

    http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=e...meta=&aq=f&oq=

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