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Discussion in 'Clock Construction' started by Pensivedoc, Feb 8, 2020.
Anyone else tape their handwheels while cutting wheels to avoid unwanted nudges?
I (personally) don' expect that many will do this, because most mills have tension-levers to securely fasten the table/bed.
But if that (common) option is not available, this seems to be a good solution.
The Sherline mill shown has positive locks on all the axes. Tape will have no effect on backlash in the feed screws anyway.
It’s more a “don’t mess with this” signal for the operator than a fix for anything mechanical.
When I set my lathe up to cut gears, I tighten the gibs and tape the handwheels after everything is set. I don't want anything moving that isn't supposed to move and the tape on the hand wheels is extra insurance...and also reminds me: "Don't Touch This!"
To avoid misunderstanding:
My remark was -not- to criticize this procedure, but caused by the fact that I thought (to my surprise) that the dividing was done without proper mechanical fixes.
Happy to hear now that the size of the first tooth was the same as the last+1 ….