Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Manchester Ctr. VT
well to start with, i love the idea of making treads on a tire, sounds really neat. most larger lathes do indeed have an indexing head. the lathe i'm using right now which is an older craftsman benchtop actually has an indexing head, it's seperated into 36 holes. I have seen plans somewhere for making you're own indexing head, however i just looked and i cannot, for the life of me, find where i saw them. it involved cutting a diameter, like 12" and then dividing it into some kind of divisible number, like 36. and drilling holes with the drill press. i really want to say that they put this indexing head on the opposite side of the headstock and they devised some kind of contraption which would catch a dowel. perhaps you could play around with it a little. other than that, i don't know what to tell ya.