Cheap Dial Indicator

When evaluating a previously owned lathe it is important to know if the headstock spindle runs true.  The most accurate method is to determine the spindle runout with a machinist’s dial indicator.  An acceptable substitute can be fashioned by chucking a sharp pencil, ballpoint pen or, better, a fine felt marker into the headstock.  Hold a paper card flat against the tailstock and crank the tailstock until the card just touches the point of the writing instrument.  Turn on the lathe.  You can adjust the offering price downward depending on the size of the ovals that are drawn on the card.

Events

Come join us at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking Open House at the Manchester Woodcraft. Saturday September 8th from 9AM-3PM.  Vendors, demonstrators & exhibits. Lie Nielsen Tools will be there!

The September meeting will be on Tuesday September 25th at 6:30PM at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking at the Manchester Woodcraft. 

Cameron Johnson will be demonstrating "Getting to the Bottom of Hollowing".

Come join us at the Parkerville Wood Products Open House.  Saturday September 29th from 8AM-4PM.  

Jim Kephart's Open Shop Sunday September 30th 1-4PM. Bring tools, wood & turn with fellow wood turners.  Remember to please contact Jim if you are interested in attending

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