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

The October meeting will be on Tuesday October 22nd at 6:30PM at Parkervillewood Products

Rick Angus’ demo will be on ‘multi-axis spindle turning.  He will be making a door stopper or spoon.

Jim Kephart's Open Shop Sunday October 27th 1-4PM. Bring tools, wood & turn with fellow wood turners.  Remember to please contact Jim if you are interested in attending.

Turn for Troops Turn-a-thon  Sat Nov 7th Manchester Woodcraft

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