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    Adjustable Dials for a Smithy Combo Lathe.

    When I bought my Smithy back in 1992 it didn't have an adjustable dial option.

    After using it for a while I knew it needed them just for the repeatability. I made the dials out of some 1/2" aluminum plate, bored the I.D. to just fit over the original dials and drilled and tapped for an 8-32 screw.
    The Cross-Slide Dial.

    The Lead Screw Dial.

    I used an indicator set on the ways to mark the dials. They are marked at .001 increments and are accurate enough for 95% of the work I do. I have been using them for so long I pretty well know how to "read" them for anything requiring more accuracy.
    The little knobs where made the same way and the button head screws thread into them. A bit of thread locker and they haven't come apart in many years.

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