Hi all - After a very long time I've picked up here again, and have a
question - Does anyone know of a source for a drawing or how to build
instructions for a quick change tool post a la Dickson style? I have
recently acquired a 300mm swing lathe and would like make such a
fitting for it.
You want the Dixon type specifically? Or a similar style?
The Dixon post and blocks have some features that make production a
little bit tougher. The large Tee slot in the center is one, the pair of
45 degree faces that the post and blocks mate, is another. Not
immpossible to do on home shop machinery, but far far easier on a
There have been a couple toolposts of similar layout, with the plans
comes to mind.
If you are not stuck on the one design, take a look at the Tripan tool
post as well. The design takes up very little space, and is plenty
rigid, if scaled to the machine. You would need a dovetail cutter of
300mm swing. 6inch center height, AKA 12 inch swing lathe? You are
into the size range where it is quite economical to buy one of the tool
posts off Ebay, and make the tool holders as you need.