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Indexing on a Wood Lathe #1: Setting up a 36 and 72 Degree Index

07-04-2015 06:03 PM by Jim Jakosh | 11 comments »

I have a locking index wheel built into my Craftsman lathe and it works well but it is set at every 15 degrees. In an effort to make 5 or 10 equal divisions, I found I needed another index wheel so I decided to add it to back of the lathe chuck. I used aluminum but hardwood or steel would have worked too. I was wondering what I had in my shop that was accurate for setting degrees and pulled the Wixie box(Grizzly version). I mounted a steel bar on the plate for the back of the chuck so the Wixie would hold there. I mounted the plate in an indexing head I made for the mill and used the Wixie to set it in the right position. Then I made a stand out of some steel pipe and a nylon sl...

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