The turning of tapers is one of the more important lathe processes undertaken in the workshop. For those who have much of this work to do on a repetitive basis, the expense of a taper turning attachment, such as Hemingway's HK1320, will be justified. In default, long tapers can be machined by setting over the tailstock and supporting the work on centres during the turning operation.
However, there is an understandable reluctance to disturb the tailstock setting once it has been set to turn work parallel. And yet, the tailstock itself need not be set-over if this adjustable centre is employed.
The kit contains material, drawings and construction notes, including formulae for calculating the required off-set.
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