The Sherline Lathe would have to be one of the best value tools I have in my shop. It is incredibly versatile, very accurate, and well priced. Sherline also have an excellent 'open source' approach to the way customers can access their products. Every single part, no matter how small, is available for individual purchase. This means you can selectively buy what you want and then hack, tinker, and experiment as much as you want, to meet the needs of your project. It makes their products extremely versatile.
They also have a dizzying array of useful accessories for their base lathe and mill. I'm not exaggerating when I say I developed a serious tool addiction when I started collecting extra bits and pieces for my Sherline lathe!
However, one tool that I haven't seen from them is a sliding tailstock die holder, of the type that is so commonly available for larger lathes. So this week, I set about designing and building one.
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- 1 x 5/8" mild steel rod x 4.5"
- 1 x 5/16" mild steel rod x 2"
- 1 x 1.5" Aluminum Rod stock x 3"
- 8 x M5 (or SAE equivalent) Grub screws
- Super glue
- Dial Test Indicator
- Milling machine, or drill press
- Drills and taps
- Butane Torch
- Calipers or Micrometer