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Forum topic by REO posted 03-01-2015 01:29 PM 915 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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REO

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03-01-2015 01:29 PM

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Hey Folks! I have been a production turner for a long time. I have occasionally read in posts where it is mentioned shortcomings concerning tail stocks in specific. I understand that most turners have more of an artistic bent and take their time on each piece but some have still voiced a desire to make something easier or faster.

Drilling: 1. Quill travel too short for deep holes 2. Hand cranking in and out to clear chips for drilling.
I am wondering if there is a market for an add on or replacement tail stock that might be helpful. I have modified a couple tail stocks and made a few as well.

For drilling deep holes.
lever action for drilling
lever action locking for production turning
A tail stock for consistent hollowing of bowls.
A tail stock press for assembling pens.
Most manufactured tail stocks could be modified with a bolt on kit I think that could encompass all of these.
I am only one turner with a few instances of someone asking what they could do. I am looking for a broader base of wisdom before I spend time on something that is a dead end.

here is a video of a Bowl scoop
and another of just the tailstock


Any input is greatly appreciated.


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Nubsnstubs

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#1 posted 03-01-2015 02:02 PM

Reo, the vid links show a small black box with X’s in them.

I have a Delta Milwaukee 12” lathe, with only 2 1/4” quill travel. Whatever I usually turn, I seem to always be extended to the limit because of the banjo. It’s aggravating to be extended that far. It’s never been an issue, but I still don’t like it.

Do you have access to longer quills and or tailstocks? .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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REO

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 02:05 PM

not sure what happened to the videos… I can make them, or the parts needed to adapt them. In some cases start from scratch. for longer travel in the original tail stock the quill can be made longer but it cant be driven by the hand screw anymore. one runs out of integral support. It can be adapted for lever lock and lever drilling operations though. Yours is very similar to the atlas tailstocks I use.

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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 06:05 PM

Roger

I watched both of them and I would love to try anything you made. Also like I told you before when you came over the tail stock like you shown would be so very nice to have and makes drilling so much easier too.

Thank you for sharing.

O and when do you think you will have one ready for the Powermatic 3520b? The PM3520b has to me a small wheel of 4.75” and I have been wanting to get the wheel from Grizzly that is 10” so it is much easier to crank on and relieves hand pain too.

Keep us updated on what you are doing on both of them.

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#4 posted 09-17-2015 07:10 PM

Reo, I never use the tail stock for drilling. I use a long drill with a handle on it and have a glove on. I have a stop on the drill and push it in to the stop. That locates the bottom of my piece on the inside. Very quick and no messing with the tail stock.

Jim

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#5 posted 09-17-2015 07:18 PM

Reo, I never use the tail stock for drilling. I use a long drill with a handle on it and have a glove on. I have a stop on the drill and push it in to the stop. That locates the bottom of my piece on the inside. Very quick and no messing with the tail stock.

Jim

- Jim Jakosh

+1. Only time I use a chuck on the tail stock is when boring a hole in metal. [1]

Cheers,
Brad

[1] On my metal turning lathes of course, not wood!

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REO

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#6 posted 09-18-2015 02:38 AM

It is difficult to hold a large diameter drill by hand and still feed it fast enough to get proper chip production. I did mention that these are designed for faster production of multiple turnings. I have parts that have a 2” hole three inches deep and others with a 1” hole 9” deep.

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