Turning Archive 2006

Subject:
Machinists Help

Dave Winters, Steamboat Springs, CO
>I'm not sure what I need.. I'm trying to tap threads from the tailstock, I'm having pretty good luck chucking a tap, say 3/8-16, in the tailstock with a jacobs chuck, and then with the lathe off turning it by hand while advancing the tailstock by hand. Tough to get it right. Is there a tool that will help? What's a tapping head? Am I making any sense? My SWMBO tells me no every day. Thanks.

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