Mini-Lathe: Protecting the Compound Leadscrew

The first of Ted Hansen’s articles (Home Shop Machinist 31.5 – Sept 2012) showed a very nice cap to keep swarf out of the compound’s leadscrew: neatly shaped brass shimstock, held in place with a pair of screws tapped into the compound base.

Being a big fan of adhesives and low-effort solutions, I applied stainless steel tape:

LMS Mini-lathe - compound leadscrew cover

LMS Mini-lathe – compound leadscrew cover

Perhaps a 3D printed button might be nicer…



  1. #1 by david on 2016-07-07 - 17:01

    That’s some good-looking tape. I gotta get me some of that. I won’t even bother asking which surplus hut yours came from a decade ago. :)