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 February meeting will take place on Tuesday February 26th at 6:30PM at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in the Manchester Woodcraft located at 249 Spencer St., Manchester, CT. 

Kip Lockhart will be demonstrating segmenting

Jim Kephart Open Shop - Sunday Feb 24th from 1-4PM.  Bring your tools, wood & come have fun.  If interested please contact Jim at jimkephart@aol.com

 

 

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