|Accessory rail and dial indicator mounted.|
Because watchmakers lathe of this kind have a cross slide that is not permanently captured to the bed ways and because that cross slide must be capable of being repositioned in the Z and X axis, I had to come up with an approach that would allow a lot of adjustability while getting the dial indicator away from the small feed screw handle so as not to make it more awkward to use.
I decided to engineer a push bar holder that would mount to the bottom of the back end of the bottom slide. You can see how far it drops below the cross slide leaving plenty of room to turn the crank and have good visibility to the dial as well.
|Cross Slide push bar extension with final contouring|
|Cross Slide Push Bar Extension for activating dial indicator|
|Cross slide extension and adjustable indicator pawl|
|Adjustable accessory rail system for Watchmakers lathe|
|folding bale levers for adjusting the accessory mount arms.|
|clamping faceplate aligning brass pawl for machining|
|Using small boring bar to bore mounting hole in adjustable dial indicator pawl|
|Mounting rail system in place on watchmakers lathe|
|Mounting rail system leaves lots of hand space|