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Accessories of Lathe and Their Functions

A general-purpose machine tool is basically comprised of power drive and kinematic system for the essential formative and auxiliary tool – work motions and a rigid body or structure to accommodate all the above. But several additional elements or devices called accessories are also essentially required for that machines’ general functioning, mainly for properly holding and supporting the workpiece and the cutting tool depending upon the type and size of the tool – work and the machining requirements. Before reading this, you should Know basic Information about lathe and Lathe specifications. 1. Chucks Workpieces are held to the headstock spindle…

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Accessories of Lathe: Honing Equipment

A truly sharp edge is formed when two flat planes (or an arc and a flat plane) meet perfectly with a good surface finish at the cutting edge. A good surface finish may be defined as a polish or near polish. Honing leaves a polished or near polished edge free of feather (or burr). In short, your spindle-turning tool should be razor sharp after honing. There are two methods by which I hone lathe tools-whetstones and buffing. If at all possible, I buff because it’s the fastest, most effective method. I only resort to whetstones when absolutely necessary, such as…

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Accessories of Lathe: Arm Rests

The arm rest is an auxiliary tool rest that saves you from having to move your main tool rest when you’re working on the face of the work. An added advantage of the arm rest is that it allows you to quickly obtain center height for the tool. At the very center of the work, the tool must be exactly on-center, and any inaccuracies can be corrected instantly by raising or lowering your shoulder. Turning Long, Thin Spindles To start, find a point near the middle of the turning that is either straight or slightly tapered. Set up the steady…

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Accessories of Lathe: Steady Rests

I suppose you could live without accessories, but at least for me they are part of the fu n of turning. Since you can build many accessories in the shop, you don’t necessarily have to part with a lot of cash either. If your pockets are deep, the accessories can be as much fun as the turning. In short, I have never met an accessory that I didn’t enjoy trying, and there are many that I wouldn’t be without. Steady Rests There comes a point where a spindle is so long and thin that the only way to prevent chatter…