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Tool Post on Order

posted Aug 5, 2013, 7:44 AM by Lewis Baumstark
Haven't updated this in a while.  This project got back-burnered due to other priorities like a new Beetleweight, fence for the yard, birth of my first child, etc.  Mostly I've been amassing parts in the meantime.  Found a cool industrial lathe table on Craigslist for $25 (bonus: came with some wood-turning tools for my wood lathe project) and got a couple of link-belts from Harbor Freight.

The last major piece of the puzzle is I just ordered this tool post from Grizzly.  It's basically the same Chinese-import quick-change tool post sold by a bunch of other vendors, but it's the only one packaged with a drill chuck that fits the boring bar holder.  I'm hoping it will work as an alternate to a tail stock drill chuck, at least in the short(er) term.  Why?  Because my tail stock has a Jarno taper and, best I can tell, no one makes drill arbors with a Jarno taper any longer.  Maybe, just maybe I can machine one later on down the road, but I want to be able to center-drill now.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed I can machine the T-nut to fit my cross-slide...
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