|Set the compound/top slide to cut a 60 degree cone.|
Chuck a piece of steel in the lathe. I used the 3 jaw here, but the 4 jaw is better for heavier cuts.
Turn a 60 degree point on the piece of steel. Do not remove it. That point is now running true.
|center drill the end of the work (long work requires using the steady rest) and mount it in between centers. Use the lathe dog to transmit motion fron the rotating chuck to the work.|
This shows how the lathe dog bears on the chuck jaws.
If using the dead center make sure you use plenty of lube between the center and the work.
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