Protractor base for grinder mounted on cross-slide

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I have ordered a toolpost grinder from Little Machine Shop that doesn't really mount to the toolpost. It mounts to the cross-slide. Somewhere in all of my searching for toolpost grinders I seen where someone had mounted a protractor base which sets between the cross-slide and the grinder so the grinder could be set at any desired angle. Of course now I can't find it. Does anybody have a link to that?---Brian
 

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If grinder is off when dressing the stone it will be true.
Some types work you till the grinder
The protractor base is not helpful.

Dave

I have ordered a toolpost grinder from Little Machine Shop that doesn't really mount to the toolpost. It mounts to the cross-slide. Somewhere in all of my searching for toolpost grinders I seen where someone had mounted a protractor base which sets between the cross-slide and the grinder so the grinder could be set at any desired angle. Of course now I can't find it. Does anybody have a link to that?---Brian
 

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I have ordered a toolpost grinder from Little Machine Shop that doesn't really mount to the toolpost. It mounts to the cross-slide. Somewhere in all of my searching for toolpost grinders I seen where someone had mounted a protractor base which sets between the cross-slide and the grinder so the grinder could be set at any desired angle. Of course now I can't find it. Does anybody have a link to that?---Brian
Brian: there is something like this
Universal Grinding Fixture
 

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I am rapidly losing faith about getting a small heat treat oven, however my toolpost grinder (which doesn't actually fit on a toolpost, but instead bolts to the cross slide) just arrived as I was posting this. I have created a 3D model of my lathe, and will also create a model of the grinder, and then see what is involved with making a new, very shallow topslide that can fit between the grinder and the cross-slide so that the grinder can also be "set over" to grind a taper.

 

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Here we have a 3D model of my lathe with a 3D model of the new grinder from Little Machine Shop. There is about 1 1/4" vertical clearance between the underside of the grinder base and the top of my cross slide when the center of the lathe chuck is horizontal with the centerline of the grinder.

 

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It appears that I could make a new protractor topslide that would allow me to grind a taper with the toolpost grinder from Little Machine Shop. It wouldn't be easy, but it's doable. It would require making at least 3 new major pieces and cantilevering most of the grinder out towards the headstock side of the cross-slide, but it would allow me to grind at least 2 1/2" of taper. Remember, my DRO for my Y axis is attached to the headstock side of the cross-slide, and I have to get out far enough to clear it.


 

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Maybe the U Tube of the Potts Milling Spindle might prompt firther thoughts.
Actually, it also covers grinding too.
I have a similar version but without the grinder. Might I suggest that you Google the Englisg web site lathes Co.UK to see the variations.
Whilst you are on thesite, it is probably worth also looking at the entry for the Stent tool and cutter grinder becaise its column also holds a motorised spindle fitted to graduated base.

My 'Potts' version seems has a 1" diameter facility to take- or seems to take either the Quorn, or the Stent or even the older again Kennet spindle.
Again, I am sort of tumbling my half sighted way through the 'varieties' of the My Potts
Hope this might be intersting in increasing the versatility of your new purchae

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Norman
 

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If grinder is off when dressing the stone it will be true.
Some types work you till the grinder
The protractor base is not helpful.

Dave
Dave, If you need to do a plunge grind at an angle, the wheel has to be turned. You would have to angle the grinder at some point.
 

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In the model, the grey bottom part can only move parallel or 90 degrees to the lathe axis. The yellow part above it can only move along the slots in the grey part . The green part is located by the yellow part and can rotate thru 360 degrees. The pink part which the grinder bolts to can move longitudinally along the green part, and is located by dovetails. I haven't shown the endplate nor hand crank that fit on the opposite end of the pink part.
 

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These parts aren't terribly complex to machine. I've never machined a dovetail before. I could certainly buy a dovetail cutting tool and teach myself how to use it. I haven't included the gib strip , endplate, nor adjusting handle here, but they are all simple shapes. This is just a "what if" exercise for now. Right now if I use the new toolpost grinder in my compression ring making exercise, it can just bolt squarely to the grey cross-slide.
 

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Now that I have designed a way in which the Little Machine Shop Toolpost Grinder can be mounted to my lathe so that that it can be used to turn tapers, it's time to get back to reality. The reality is that I don't really need this ability to turn tapers right now, even if it is a nice design exercise. I only need the toolpost grinder to travel in the X or Y axis. To do this I only need one adapter plate, and the nice thing is that I don't even have to remove my topslide or quick change toolpost to do it. The adapter is made from 1 1/4" thick aluminum plate which picks up the bolt pattern of the grinder and the two keyed slots in my current cross-slide.
 

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A good days work, well done!! The toolpost grinder is attached to an approximate 1 3/16" thick aluminum plate. The aluminum plate has four bolts that go through zero clearance holes in the plate and through the topslide to two long custom crafted tee nuts. I am very fortunate to have tee slots in my cross slide. That piece of round bar in the lathe chuck is 1 1/4" diameter. ---The nice part of all this is that I don't even have to remove my topslide and quick change toolpost!!!


 

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