- Aug 14, 2020
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Well - - - when you are parting off something when the cut-off is somewhat longer (needs to be supported in the process) it is possible to cut it and before one breaks through - - - like leave some margin - - - I'm not remembering any kind of exact amount at the moment - - - then you retract the tail stock quill just enough so there is no pressure - - - maybe even something like 0.060" - - - followed by holding the piece being cut off with the right and advancing the tool with the left with the idea of catching the piece as it is cut off.Sometimes you need support at the tailstock end as you start parting off but beware of completing the part-off with the end still supported as it can jam and cause things to go wrong. I might start parting but stop when I have only a small bit left and remove the support while I finish the parting with a hacksaw.
If you are not holding the piece parallel to the part still chucked you can make a royal mess of things so if you are unsure of things you might be better served to use your hacksaw at that point and cut through the remaining nib - - - as far as possible from the good piece as possible.
(Then as you had left some stock for your exact length you can now face off the piece using a different tool.)