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Atlas modifications

Discussion in 'ATLAS & CRAFTSMAN MACHINES' started by iron man, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. iron man

    iron man Active Members Active Member

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    Hi I am new to the forum I have made some modifications to my 10 inch atlas lathe I thought I might start a new thread. Here it a picture of the new crossfeed screw mount it has double bearing's the nut on the end sets the pre load and the dial is a direct read dial that floats freely. The stock one use's the dial for preload and tightens up under load. The new mount tightens up with a spanner wrench under the dial.. Ray 100_0352.JPG
     
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    This is a picture of the acme tap I made to tap a new crossfeed nut crude but it works well. I made the nut twice as long as stock with wear adjustment I also made a shouldered bolt to secure it so I can quickly remove it for a taper attachment I will build next. I have zero back lash now... Ray 100_0353.JPG
     
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    My next project will be a taper attachment and I will also dis-assemble the cross feed to get better pictures for those who are interested. It really mad a big differance in the lathe I also scraped the cross feed dove tail with a 60 degree carbide cutter to make it nice and straight again. Ray
     
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    Thanks for posting something I will need to do in the future, I too need to add a taper attachment to my 12" Craftsman, I have most of one, think it is just missing a mount. Welcome to the forum!
     
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    Back when I first got my Atlas (About 20 years go) I realized real quick that I hated the small dial and it working in "Radius mode".
    So I made a large dial and doubled the graduations giving me 200 per rev. Thia means I moved .001" the diameter decreased .001"

    It was the best improvement I ever did on that lathe.

    Gary

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    That is one nice dial I hope to start making my own soon. The dial that is on mine now is a 200 that I bought from Tallgrass tools it is 1/1/2" Dia. I just installed a 1/1/2 dial from a southbend onto the compound until I can make a new one. I just made a carriage stop it turned out nice and so did the dial I will post a picture soon.. Ray
     
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    Here is my carriage stop I just finished this is also my first attempt at making the dial so be nice I put a lock on it so I would not accidently bump it and turn the dial.. Ray
     
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    Just a side shot I hate to admit this but I did not have a cutter to cut a radius and being the kind of person that cannot wait I grabbed a carbide cutter from my router put it in a 1/4" R8 collet stuck it in the mill and cut the radius all joking aside it worked pretty good. Ray
     
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    Ray,

    That lock is a good idea. Don't know why I never thought of it. I'm going to mod my factory stop for one.

    Robert D.

     
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    Ray,
    Very nice improvements to a older machine. I shows you can improve a older design to make parts more accurate and faster!

    Great job.

    Craig
     
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    Really nice job on the mods.

    Paul
     
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    Dang those looks good guys,alot better than what a factory setting would do and looks classie.But how did ya'll do your graduation marks and numbers so perfectly?If you have pics and feel like posting cause I would like to make me a carriage stop that looks that good.Been looking at them on ebay and upper 30-50 price range,seeing ya'll I now want to make one.
    Thats one of those section I was was here is a tutorial section for talented people could post pics and explain the how to's and don't.Admiring the fantastic work---kroll
     
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    Kroll
    We do have a section for projects like this. It is called Articles and is at the top of the page. http://www.hobby-machinist.com/content.php/257-articles_1?tabid=8


    Marty
     
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    Ray:

    Thanks for mentioning Talgrass Tools, I went to their web site after reading your post and purchased there mods for the corssfeed and compound. Great tips from this Forum.

    M.L.Woy
     
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    Being a relative newbie, I agree with Kroll and would like to know how to put graduation marks and numbers into a dial. I tried searching the Articles and came up empty. Talgrass products are nice. Making your own is so satisfying. How about a link to an article or website if anyone has one handy?
    Thanks everyone,
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    Thank you!
     
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    Craftsman / Atlas published a manual with their laths, similar to the one Southbend supplied with their machines. I believe the Southbend one is stored here on the site somewhere. If you go to the Atlas Craftsman forum on Yahoo you can find the Atlas/ Craftsman manuals, and they are available as reprints on E-bay.
     
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    The current Atlas manual is still available from Clausings for the same price as the used ones on the auctions sites. Parts are available as well but not everything.

    Pierre
     

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