Lathe Tailstock Turret

Lathe Tailstock Turret


The tailstock turret is designed to allow up to six tailstock-mounted tools to be changed easily and rapidly, so is a great boon when making production runs of parts like nuts and bolts, particularly when used in conjunction with a carriage multi-stop (see separate post).


Taper – MT2 as built; MT3 could be fitted.

Tool stations – six

Materials – body – cast iron; taper – blank end arbor; capstan – free cutting mild steel

Drawings and Construction Notes

A construction article with drawings appeared in Model Engineers’ Workshop magazine No. 253 in April 2017.

I have added rough drawings below.  These could do with a bit of formatting and tidying up, but should be sufficient to allow you to make the dividing head.  Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that I do not guarantee the accuracy of the drawings and accept no responsibility or liability for any errors or consequent losses.  The drawings are provided free of charge for private hobby use at your own risk.  They may not be used for commercial purposes or reproduced in any form without my permission.  Please acknowledge this website if forwarding the drawings to your friends.  Construction notes are not yet available.  Thank you for your understanding.

Turret Sheet 1 – GA – for website

Turret Sheet 2 – Base – for website

Turret Sheet 3 – Turret – for website

Turret Sheet 4 – Taper – for website

Turret Sheet 5 – Angle Piece – for website

Turret Sheet 6 – Detent – for website

Turret Sheet 7 – Locking Handle Axle – for website

Turret Sheet 8 – Locking Handle Parts – for website

Turret Sheet 9 – Tool Holder – for website

Turret Sheet 10 – Die Holder – for website