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    Here be the place to stop by and say.... "how the hell do you"

    Their seems to be a number of ways of turning a defined taper, most seem to reply on a taper attachment that I don't have and am unlikely to find, so therein lies the question. What's the simplest (or very well explained) way of turning a MT if one doesn't have the attachment for your lathe. Making some form of attachment is possible, but the "how to" guides I have seen don't seem to explain it very well and they seem to require an additional part for the cross slide.

    Has anyone overcome this on here... any advice etc.?

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    Default Re: The lathe "how to" thread

    I've usually found everything I've need to (and more) on Youtube.

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    Default Re: The lathe "how to" thread

    Dunno, if I've needed an MT taper thingy I've bought one and modified the non taper part.

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    Default Re: The lathe "how to" thread

    why do you want to turn a morse taper? there are a number of approaches and which one is best depends on what you want to do with the end result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Pete View Post
    why do you want to turn a morse taper? there are a number of approaches and which one is best depends on what you want to do with the end result.
    Umm.. I'll be honest, just because.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudolph View Post
    Umm.. I'll be honest, just because.
    don't bother in that case, make something useful like a toolmakers jack where a bit of inaccuracy doesn't matter. Turning a functional MT is a royal PITA, like Cheb I normally buy a fucked drill or reamer and cut the taper shank off if I need one for something, in part because they are normally ground in order to get a good surface finish, so they work properly. If you really want to do it I can talk you through a couple of approaches, or show you if you are anywhere near Ilkeston, but IMO, it's not worth the effort.

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    Itís more about learning to do stuff I donít know how to do, more than it being a functional item. I know how to do many things, but one thing reading the pip engine thread piqued my interest on ďhow did you do thatĒ was turning the MT for the jig. Just curious how itís done.

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    The MT I turned was just a small plug for my rotary table , I put a bought MT2 taper
    in my chuck then adjusted my Top slide so the angle matched the MT2 taper.
    As said already , you can buy Mt tapers with 'Blank' ends so you can turn your
    own end for say a Fly Cutter or similar.

    I was given a book 'Using the small lathe' by L C Mason, buy something similar
    they are full of tips and info .

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    Default Re: The lathe "how to" thread

    I have a copy of that or similar

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    Default Re: The lathe "how to" thread

    The amateurs lathe by l h sparey. A bit similar....

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