with Harpit Sandhu

Published by Special Interest Model Books Ltd, Dorset England

150 x 210mm


ISBN 978-1-85486-149-8

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Extract from back cover of book:

If you do not own a milling machine - and even if you do - what you can do in your shop is greatly enhanced if you own a spindle or two with your lathe. Spindles come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from 0.75 in. (19.05 mm) to 2.250 in. (57.15 mm) in diameter, depending on the uses envisioned for them. This book describes the design, construction and use of a variety of spindles that will be of interest to the amateur engineer. Milling, grinding and drilling spindles are covered along with a unique light gear cutting frame for clockmakers.

The emphasis is not on heavy duty industrial grade spindles but rather on spindles that are easy to make and have as few parts as possible. All the spindles except one use sealed ball bearings - the exception uses tapered roller bearings and thus needs to have seals installed to protect the bearings. The basic spindle described uses the same spindle nose as the Myford Super 7 lathe. This allows all chucks, plates, collets and closers designed for the lathe to be used with this spindle. However, it can be modified for other lathe nose standards.

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial


Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Designing a spindle

Chapter 3 - The basic spindle

Chapter 4 - Mounting the spindle

Chapter 5 - A smaller No 2 Morse taper spindle

Chapter 6 - The micro spindle

Chapter 7 - .000 inch diameter spindle (25mm)

Chapter 8 - 1.250 inch diameter spindle (32mm)

Chapter 9 - Light, tool-post OD grinding spindle

Chapter 10 - Light, tool-post mounted ID grinding spindle 1.500 inch diameter (38mm)

Chapter 11 - Simple No 1 Morse taper spindle

Chapter 12 - Vertical spindle or gear cutting frame

Chapter 13 - A spindle with tapered roller bearings

Chapter 14 - Driving the spindles

Chapter 15 - Notes on using the spindles

Chapter 16 - Notes and ancillary information

APPENDIX 1 - Sl drawings
APPENDIX 2 - UK equivalent tables Index