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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You don't need a fancy set of drawings, or a CAD program to make this tool. I do it this way because I sell the plans on my website.
But you will need something to keep you on track. You can easily work from a basic "chicken scratch" plan, written down on a shop notebook. Watch the video for a clear idea of the features you need to consider, and then start laying it out in a way that makes sense to you. That's the key by the way - It doesn't need to be an engineering masterpiece; just make it readable for you.
The critical dimensions are: