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Lever-Operated Tailstock Cam Locks – Three Well Known Designs you Can Build and a Kit you Can Buy

It has been more than a year and a half since I bought my 7×12 mini-lathe and I finally decided I needed to get serious about building or buying a cam-operated tailstock lock for it. A lever-operated lock is probably one of the most popular modifications for the mini-lathe because it increases your productivity by eliminating the need to find a wrench and turn a nut every time you want to move the tailstock.

Much of my delay has been because of my indecision about which of the various designs floating around the Internet is the best.  So I started sorting through my collection of bookmarks and found that I needed to compare three well-known designs I could make, plus a kit I could buy and install easily.  Continue reading Lever-Operated Tailstock Cam Locks – Three Well Known Designs you Can Build and a Kit you Can Buy

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