Listed below are some handy tips sent in by Sherline users. They are listed in the order received. Click on any tip to open it. 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.

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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. Our graphics department will do an illustration or digital photo like the ones shown in the tips below, if necessary.

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Attn: Marketing, SHERLINE Products, 3235 Executive Ridge, Vista, CA 92081-8527, USA.


    1. On/Off Switch extension—Graham D. Taylor
      1. Power Switch Dust Cover
    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 Guðmundsson
    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 Carriage Reverse for the 3001 Power Feed—William Geissinger (FYI: the lathe power feed has been discontinued)
    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 Windows®. Put your Laptop/Desktop to work with Sherline’s 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
    79. Using the Threading Attachment to Wind Springs—Tom Boyer
    80. How to Distinguish between Standard Chucks and Coated Chucks—Sherline Products
    81. Rotary Milling Fixture—Joe Saylor
    82. Tommy-Bar Locker—Sanghyeon Jung (a.k.a. David, the Korean machinist)
    83. Rotating Mill Vise Base Enhancement—Russ Cupan
    84. Boring Head Modification—David Nelson
    85. Follower Rest Modification to Support Odd-shaped Stock—Russ Cupan
    86. Spindle Handwheel and Collet Drawbar Modification—Jim Harrison
    87. Custom Tooling for Sherline Lathe—Joe Saylor
    88. Custom Boring Bar Holder—Sherline Products
    89. A Non-CNC’ed Drawbolt Pusher Tool—Russ Cupan
    90. Heavy Cuts Can Force the Mill Column out of Alignment—Sherline Products
    91. Depth Stop for the Lathe—Russ Cupan
    92. Cutting Threads with the Sherline Compound Slide—Russ Cupan
    93. Compound Slide Custom Tool Holder for Cutting Threads—James Thompson
    94. Rotary Table Degree Disc—William Nichol
    95. Making Your Own T-Bars—Russ Cupan
    96. Drawbar and Chuck Adapter Through-Drill Modification—Roger Adams
    97. Using Riser Blocks with the Sherline Radius Cutter—Dann
    98. Fashioning a DRO Lathe Mount—Larry Stern
    99. Using a Headstock for Indexing Parts—Shuky Levy
    100. A More Rigid Thread Cutting Attachment—Cary Millsap
    101. Mill Setup for Cutting Gears—Pamela Weiss
    102. Machining a Chuck Platform for Turning Thin Parts—Jack Pantry
    103. Adding a Work Light for the Mill—boB (nom de plume)
    104. 3-Jaw Chuck Holding Dimensions—Jack Pantry
    105. 4-Jaw Independent Chuck Holding Dimensions—Jack Pantry
    106. Right Angle Attachment Modification—Jack Pantry
    107. Lathe Power Feed—Asher Stange and Frank LeMay
    108. Indexing Attachment Add-on—Dirk Fassbender
    109. Clever Way to Indicate a Square Part in a 4-Jaw Chuck—Joe Pie
    110. Tilting Angle Table with Sine Plate Modification—Timothy Reck
    111. Learn How To Build a DIY CNC Controller—David Wagoner
    112. Fabricated Backsplash for the Sherline Benchtop Lathe—Samuel MackatroniX
    113. Acorn Retrofit on a Denford/Sherline Microturn Lathe—Friolator
    114. Sherline Boring Head Modification—George Crowe