Here's a mod I did to my old lathe over 30 years ago for working close to the chuck. Your lathe may be completely different, but this may give you an idea.schwabw wrote: I splurged on a 2" import dial (the longer ones get pricey), but find myself working close enough to the chuck that there is not always room to mount it. Is there a good way to cheat on that by moving the compound or something?
It was done in a hurry out of necessity and I never got around to making a nicer one to eliminate the small amount of sine error which is really negligeable. Note the four holes spaced 1" apart to attach the indicator to adjust it to different ranges of carriage movement. It's attached with a screw through the lug on the back of the indicator.
It easily flips up out of the way whan not needed so you don't crach the indicator. (I've only done that about a dozen times )
Here is another handy use of a QCTP! Attach the indicator and arm to a tool holder.
Another option is just a small square steel plate held by the tool holder to stick mag bases to. Sticking them to the carriage works too, but if you are turning steel, the mag base collects a pile of chips which this idea eliminates. Plus the indicator is easily oriented using the X Z handwheels.