I’ve seen many ball turning designs as I read through the back issues of Home Shop Machinist and Projects in Metal, but I’ve never seen one as simple and effective as Steve Bedair’s Ball Turning Toolpost.
Steve runs a website dedicated to 9 x 20 lathes and it’s full of great information. If you’re interested in this project, be sure to check out the other projects Steve has listed on his site.
Note: Because this project requires both a lathe and mill to complete, I’m listing it under both categories.
Here’s an image of Steve’s Ball Turning Toolpost in action:
And here’s a YouTube video clip of the toolpost in action:
Here’s the link to the plans so you can create your own! If you want a detailed walkthrough of the process, be sure to visit Steve’s site.
Ball_Turning_Toolpost_-_Complete.pdf (225.4 KiB, 14,752 downloads)
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