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    Thanks Mklots,

    I will make a set. When turning between centers I have always turned a 60 degree angle on a piece of round stock chucked up. It is the easiest way and like you said probably the most accurate. It helps to have a step on it to keep it from moving into the chuck.

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    I know this is an old post, but it's a great idea. I am glad I ran across it. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Alciatore View Post
    I know this is an old post, but it's a great idea. I am glad I ran across it. Thanks!
    Thanks, Paul. It's a great deal quicker than turning a test piece between centers, measuring the resulting taper, and then trying to calculate the required tailstock setover, set up a DI to measure the required movement and then repeat all this until no taper is turned.

    Short tapers are best turned using the compound. For longer tapers, an offsetable (is that a word?) tailstock center is worth building if one has more than a few tapers to make. Once I have the tailstock aligned, I hate to offset it so the offsetable style appeals to me.

    For the benefit of folks who may not be familiar with them, use Google Images with a search term of

    offsetable tailstock center

    to see pictures of what I'm on about. [Google seems to understand 'offsetable' so I guess it is a word.]

    and, of course, Amazon sells them...

    https://www.amazon.com/IMPROVED-TURN...%2C117&sr=8-35

    https://www.amazon.com/Precision-Sha...%2C117&sr=8-36
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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
    Thanks, Paul. It's a great deal quicker than turning a test piece between centers, measuring the resulting taper, and then trying to calculate the required tailstock setover, set up a DI to measure the required movement and then repeat all this until no taper is turned.

    Short tapers are best turned using the compound. For longer tapers, an offsetable (is that a word?) tailstock center is worth building if one has more than a few tapers to make. Once I have the tailstock aligned, I hate to offset it so the offsetable style appeals to me.

    For the benefit of folks who may not be familiar with them, use Google Images with a search term of

    offsetable tailstock center

    to see pictures of what I'm on about. [Google seems to understand 'offsetable' so I guess it is a word.]

    and, of course, Amazon sells them...

    https://www.amazon.com/IMPROVED-TURN...%2C117&sr=8-35

    https://www.amazon.com/Precision-Sha...%2C117&sr=8-36
    Thanks for the links. I didn't know about these. Might buy the cheaper one.



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