What is the largest clock that can be constructed with Sherline equipment?

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  1. bytes2doc

    bytes2doc Registered User
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    What is the largest clock that can be constructed with Sherline equipment? I plan on getting the the 4400 lathe and the 5500 mill package with all the accessories. What limitations would I have when it comes to clock construction, what would be the largest gears that could be made? Thanks.
     
  2. Allan Wolff

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    Barry,
    Here is a link to Sherline's website which says the largest diameter the lathe can turn is 3.5". A riser block accessory is available that will allow this diameter to be increased to 5.5"
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  3. David S

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    Barry,

    If you post a question regarding Sherline's equipment on the tools forum. I bet Jerry Kieffer will be able to give you all the information you require.
     
  4. Russel

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    With a little creativity, the sherline mill can be configured to turn larger parts than 5.5', but smaller equipment is really best for machining smaller parts.
     
  5. Russel

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    Correction: 5.5 Inches.
     
  6. David S

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    Russel, yes for sure it would have taken more than "a little creativity" to turn parts larger than 5.5 FEET... I was hoping for a picture :)
     
  7. Russel

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    When I saw my mistake I had to laugh. I was only off by a factor of 12! On another note, keeping in mind that I haven't ever built a clock, I would try to keep any turning needed down to 1.75" diameter when using Sherline equipment. That is the largest size that can be comfortably turned over the crosslide. And I would want to be comfortable when trying to make a part with great precision. Someone with greater skill would be able to be "creative" and successfully machine larger parts on these little machines.
     
  8. jhe.1973

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    Here is a photo of a clock that was made on a Sherline. For reference, the description page is a standard 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper:

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    A few months after I took this photo this clock was awarded a first place at the 2012 National in Pasadena, CA.
     

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