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post #1 of 8 Old 01-30-2009, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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what do i need to drill?

I have a mini lathe and I want to know what I need to drill hole on my lathe? I picked up a cheap lathe drill chuck, but it will not fit in my tail stock, only the head stock. Does that make sense, I would have thought that it would fit either? And then I know that I need to get a 4 jaw chuck for the head stock. But is that it? I would like to do some more intercate pens and some pepper mills and need to make sure that the holes are DEAD center.

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Did you try cranking the tailstock quill out a little? Some morse tapers have a tang on the end and if you have a self ejecting tailstock it might not be deep enough when fully retracted.
You didn't say what lathe you have but most have the same taper on the headstock and tailstock. That's why I think your problem may be what I mentioned above. Crank the quill feed out about an inch and see if the drill chuck taper will lock in position.
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Dvoigt, just wondered if you got your chuck to work? What kind of chuck did you get? I saw a cheap MT#2 drill chuck at Harbor Freight the other day and was thinking about picking one up. I think it was around $10. Price is right but I'm sure the quality may not be perfect but may be good enough for a starter.

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I actually haven't had a chance to get out to the garage to check it out. I'll let you know when i do.

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Well get your long johns on, strap on the snowshoes and get a move on! Time's a wastin.

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What brand is your lathe? The morse taper on some lathes can be different on the the head stock compared to the tail stock. I am sure you already knew that though. I did find that some of the drill chucks are to long for the tail stock on my Jet though.
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I have a Turncrafter Pro 1/2HP Midi Lathe.

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I got a chance to play with it tonight. I had some issues but realized that it does fit!

But now I'm having issues with my head stock..... maybe a bad bearing

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