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  • Thanks Mike I never intended to have that many holders and sadly thats not all of them

    The oil dripper was to lubricate the changegears but because I couldnt get the optimum siting over the gears it doesn't work quite as well as I would like and I still find myself having to get out the oil can as well, I really need to revisit it as it should be possible to oil all the gears using some kind of "Y" branch plumbing, watch this space

    Paul

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    • Yeah, i just open the door on my mk II VSL and periodically squirt some thick gear oil on the open gears, probably not more than once a month. Nice and quiet. The door has to be opened anyway on a daily basis to oil all the gear spindles and ball oilers in there when the whole lathe gets it's daily oiling of
      hydraulic 68/way oil.
      I see you've got the mk I without the back gear lever on the flat top, hence nice wooden tray for tools, mics etc...

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      • MKII VSL nice big bore L00 spindle I envy you!

        The flat top is handy but soon fills up with junk ... the old girl is/was a 1953 Model A with a it's small spindle bore, though it's become a bit of a hybrid now, when I bought it must have had a hard life somewhere with a worn out bed and damaged backgear so it now wears a 1980 TUD bed and saddle, a replacement backgear, rack & pinion tailstock.... the list goes on... still looking for a decent tailstock base as this one is packed with shims due to wear, though that said it will still turn under a thou between centres on a good day

        Paul

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        • Nice.
          Maybe i wrote that wrong, it's a '69, threaded spindle, std 3/4" ish spindle hole. The mk III A models were indeed the big hole LOO spindle, perhaps my VSL is first generation, hence a mkI, but at the same period of time the A, B, C models were mkII's....
          It's got nice history, a little brass placard on the front of the headstock has "Post Office Research Institute London" with the old post code. Also has i'm sure a factory fitted 72 hole large (just clears the bed) iron beautifully made dividing dished disc bolted to the spindle permanently, and a spring loaded plunger assembly to engage bolted on the front headstock face. I've never seen another, and it just looks too "factory" rather than home made. I'll try and get a picture up on my album on the UK ME website (might start a new thread), as i'm too thick to put photos up on this site.
          LOO spindles - oh for a big hole...

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          • My Sheldon 10" is a L00. Is this unusual for a small lathe? It's the only one I've ever owned?
            I'm looking forward to the pics too.

            Galaxy S4, Slimkat
            If I wasn't married I'd quit fishing

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            • Originally posted by challenger View Post
              My Sheldon 10" is a L00. Is this unusual for a small lathe? It's the only one I've ever owned?
              I'm looking forward to the pics too.

              Galaxy S4, Slimkat
              If I wasn't married I'd quit fishing
              I have an 11 in. Rockwell lathe with LOO SPINDLE
              Ed
              Agua Dulce, So.California
              1950 F1 street rod
              1949 F1 stock V8 flathead
              1948 F6 350 chevy/rest stock, no dump bed
              1953 chevy 3100 AD for 85 S10 frame have a 4BT cummins motor, NV4500
              1968 Baha Bug with 2.2 ecotec motor, king coil-overs,P/S

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              • There will be a video (possibly split into 2 parts) up on my YouTube channel pretty soon, but this is a boring head I made as a Christmas present for a friend. It's the second one I've made, the first was a little smaller and the design left something to be desired. This one came out pretty decent, I only wish I had a larger dovetail cutter on hand, it would have given me room for a larger dial without changing the design. This design uses a full brass nut rather than partial threads machined into one half of the housing, as many of them seem to be.

                Small boring heads like this are great for the small mill/drills, even though many of them have R8 spindles, commercially available R8 boring heads are really large for the machine. This one, as you can see, just has a straight 3/4" shank.



                Max
                http://joyofprecision.com/

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                • Nice work mars-red. I think this would be an interesting project to make for any home shop machinist. I can appreciate the advantage of that low profile when dealing with projects which require swapping tooling to save raising and lowering the table to accommodate an R8. I might even go so far as to shorten the shank by about 1/4" more.

                  With regard to the dovetail issue: do you think it might have been possible to replace the dovetail with a couple of precision rods and the moveable part with reamed and lapped holes? I was just thinking that then you could space them further apart perhaps and there is nothing that says you couldn't have them extend beyond the body. Only problem I can see with that would be if you used the side hole for a very large bores which would allow the o.d. of the workpiece to hit the rods if you went too deep. Also, since you are swinging such a low volume of mass what says the body couldn't be square with rounded edges? This would provide the advantage of a more widely spaced dovetail as well.

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                  • Originally posted by DATo View Post
                    Nice work mars-red. I think this would be an interesting project to make for any home shop machinist. I can appreciate the advantage of that low profile when dealing with projects which require swapping tooling to save raising and lowering the table to accommodate an R8. I might even go so far as to shorten the shank by about 1/4" more.

                    With regard to the dovetail issue: do you think it might have been possible to replace the dovetail with a couple of precision rods and the moveable part with reamed and lapped holes? I was just thinking that then you could space them further apart perhaps and there is nothing that says you couldn't have them extend beyond the body. Only problem I can see with that would be if you used the side hole for a very large bores which would allow the o.d. of the workpiece to hit the rods if you went too deep. Also, since you are swinging such a low volume of mass what says the body couldn't be square with rounded edges? This would provide the advantage of a more widely spaced dovetail as well.
                    You're totally right! Square would have a really great advantage. Thanks!
                    Max
                    http://joyofprecision.com/

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                    • ER40 collet chuck to fit my small lathe with 1.75"-8 spindle.

                      OK, scratch that...

                      Dumbazz chucked it back up to improve the finish and totally pooched the collet holder threads.
                      Last edited by QSIMDO; 01-21-2017, 04:41 PM.
                      Len

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                      • After some time fiddling I think I've finished my precision level project;



                        Also built a power feed for my mill drill, works great off my PSU but now I need limit switches and PWM speed control. Uses a car power window motor with a new shaft on it. Runs about 10 to 90 rpm which I think will work well for fly cutting.

                        Uses a dog clutch which is operated by hand when the machine is stopped.





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                        • Minimum effort ball turning attachment with some obvious limitations:

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                          • Limitations maybe, but 'simple' works just fine.
                            Cheers
                            Roger

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                            • And the job done with ball turning attach...hack.
                              Not really tool for hsm, but a tool for drummer. Vintage era Rogers drum set collet nuts:

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                              • Outstanding! Yours look better even than the original.
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