Tips from SHERLINE Machinists

Shop wisdom, modifications and shortcuts to simplify your machining projects.

Listed below are some handy tips sent in by Sherline users. They are listed in the order received. Click on any tip to open and print just that tip, or open the single file at the top of the table of contents to view all the tips. This section is always growing, so if you have tried something that has worked well or made life easier around your shop, please see below for details on submitting your own tip.


Click on any underlined tip to open:

1. On/Off Switch extension--Graham D. Taylor
2. Diamond tool dressers--Henry W. Scherer
3. Mill table horizontal clamp--David Gibson
4. Drawbolt washer retainer--Steven Smith
5. Large hold-down clamp--Alex Green
6. Centering work in a 4-jaw chuck--Edward Ewell
7. A fixture for using small taps without breaking them--Bob Shores
8. #0 Morse taper holder for a #1 center drill--#8a Ross Heitt and #8b David M. Grause
9. Spindle depth stop--John D. Cannon
10. Mounting a DRO box on the mill--#10a Michael Gipe and #10b Ronald Melvin
11. Using the thread cutting attachment with riser blocks in place--Ron Lederer
12. Containing chips during fly cutting--Scotty Hewitt
13. An inexpensive #1 Morse adapter--Keith Yundt
14. Removing tapered tools from the headstock without a hammer--Nhut Le and Larry Simon
15. Another two ways to remove tapers from the spindle--Norman Gajewski, Guiseppe Sturiale and Milton Mills
16. Easy cleanup for chips--Gene King
17. Mill Y-axis leadscrew chip wiper--Larry Mortimer (and another solution by Tim Schroeder)
18. Adding an on/off safety indicator light--Tauseef Tahir
19. A simple cone mandrel--Ross Heitt
20. Making and using broaches to make non-round holes--Rich Dean
21. A simple chip shield for milling--Ron Headding
22. Magnetic mill vise jaws--Steve Houtchen
23. "Old Man" Tommy bars--John Ecker, plus Tracy Atkinson, Tom Bank and Craig Libuse
24. Using the threading attachment with the motor in place--Marcus Carius
25. Mill depth stops--Tracy Atkinson
26. Z-axis backlash adjuster--Tauseef Tahir
27. Cutting a bevel gear--David Lehrian
28. Making a more positive Y-axis lock for the mill--Larry Mortimer
29. Making an inexpensive edge finder--Forrest Atkinson
30. Tailstock gib quick adjustment screws and locking lever--Brian James (and another by Larry Simon)
31. Lathe and mill tuneup tips to reduce backlash--Larry Mortimer
32. Using the compound slide on the "front" side--Jerry Glickstein
33. A CNC-machined spindle drawbar remover--Colin Dyckes
34. Lathe indexing, engagement lever and axis lock modifications--Jim Knighton
35. Four video tips for using the lathe and a dial indicator--Dan Diaconu
36. A live center tailstock chuck adapter--Dan Pines
37. An indexing head and a toolpost grinder using a 7600 tool post--Jim Knighton
38. A permanently mounted thread cutting gearbox for the lathe--Jim Knighton
39. Turning your P/N 1074 steady rest into a roller steady rest--Rubens Ramos Fernandes
40. An economical chip guard for fly cutting--Charles Dukes
41. Two simple rotary table centering fixtures--Robert Beilka and Roger Monroe
42. A 4-jaw chuck part plate--Allan Marconett
43. A vertical stop for the 2200 Radius Cutter--William A. Ritchie
44. The P/N 7600 3/8" tool post as an indicator holder--Dan Pines
45. An indicator holder for the lathe--Jim Knighton (With an additional tip from William Bassett)
46. Faceplate and chuck fixture protect the Rotary Table--Michael Klipp

47. Mounting a microscope on your lathe or mill--Jerry Kieffer

48. Z-axis indicator mount for the mill--Steven Lang

49. Quick adjusting handles for the lathe--Joe Travis

50. Putting a microscope ring light on the mill--Roger Ronnie (and Bill Maxwell) and Making an LED ring light--Perry Murlless

51 Holding Long work on a mill with a split vise--Jerry Kieffer

52. Automatic mill spindle motor shutoff switch for CNC--Neil Yeager

53. Mill vise performance modifications--Steven Lang

54. Shedding some light on lathe facing operations--Steven Lang

55. A simple magnifier for the lathe or mill--Joe Martin

56. Adding a switched power outlet to control the lathe power feed--Larry Kombrink

57. Handy Tommy bar and chuck key holders for the lathe and mill--Steven Lang

58. A direct reading handwheel on the lathe crosslide--Fred Smittle

59. Adding an electronic RPM readout to your lathe or mill--Normand Ouellette

60. Clock key tap handles--Jerry Kieffer

61. A holder for 1/8" square lathe tools--Don Brouse

62. Get perfectly straight lines, smooth curves and even spacing when hand stamping letters or numbers--Jerry Kieffer

63. Powered, rapid advance handwheels--Joe Katona

64. Lathe table lock--Vince Pugliese

65. Threading for right-handed people--Flosi Gumundsson

66. A Vernier scale for the Rotary Table--Matthew Springer

67. A Fixture to help Center work on the lathe with a 3- or 4-jaw scrolling chuck--Eddie LaBane

68. A simple turned tap guide--Eddie LaBane

69. A reverse for the 3100 power feed--William Geissinger

70. Making a "Bull's Foot" file for flat surfaces--Jerry Kieffer

71. Super-cheap protection for your DRO readout box--Tom Wheless

72. Accurately squaring a thread die to the stock--Dave Joseph

73. Modification of Boring Head #3054 (#3049 metric)--Shuky Levy

74. Chuck Adapter Improvement for Clock and Watch Makers--A. Bousquet

75. Removable Tach Sensor--Cary Millsap

76. USB CNC motion controller for WindowsÆ. Put your Laptop/Desktop to work with Sherlineís 8760 CNC Controller via the USB port--dPP Engineering

77. Converting a Sherline Lathe into a Precision Disk Sander--Jimmy Cancino

78. Modification: Holding the Sweet Spot on Your Sherline Vise--Jimmy Cancino



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If you have any examples of things you have done to make your projects go easier, send them to us and we will add them to this section for all to share. Just send a sample part, a photo, a simple sketch or a written description. Jeff Ryan will do an illustration or digital photo like the ones above if necessary.

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