Do you have trouble turning to a shoulder? Do you long for an easy way of repeating where you stop the carriage?
If you answered yes to either one of these, you could need a carriage stop.
Here is what mine looks like.
This was made from a block of aluminium which is 51×26.3x22mm
To machine the contour of the lathe Vee, I mounted the stock in a vice at an angle.
I also made:
A Clamp plate.
This is the locking screw, for the adjustable stop, it is made from stainless steel, and is threaded M5
This is the adjustable stop, it is made from some sort of steel, and measures 74mm in length, the thick bit is 17.5×7.8 and the remainder is 6.8mm in diameter.
On the bottom of the clamp is two nubs that act as a lever for the clamping plate, they measure 4mm in diameter and protrude by 3mm. These were made by drilling two 3x4mm holes, and then gluing two 4x6mm aluminium dowels in.
Lets talk about the main body, on the top side it has two countersunk holes, for two M6 screws. it doesn’t matter where these go really however I shall, draw a proper plan for them.The larger hole is 10mm and the smaller is a clearance hole 7mm.
On the side of the stop is a hole, 7mm in diameter to take the adjustable stop.
On the back of the stop there is a hole, tapped m5 to take the adjustable stop screw.
There is a bit of extra space, if you wanted to put a micrometer, or make a multiple stop disk. That shouldn’t be too hard.[ad]
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