Turning Archive 2005

Replacing a tail stock washer

Jeremy Osner
>Ever since I've had my lathe I've been plagued by the tail stock slipping when I tighten the centers. I can never get it tight enough, and midway through turning the drive center stops gripping the work piece. The other day I took the tail stock off the lathe to see if I could get a clue what causes this and I noticed that a previous owner had painted the washer that is at the bottom of the bolt -- could this be the problem? does painted metal just not grip as well as bare metal? If so, how would I go about replacing such a part? A friend of mine suggested using an anti-slip spray on the washer and the bottom of the lathe bed but I'm not sure I want to go that route.

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