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.

It can be a simple suggestion or special part, but if it makes your life easier, why not share it with others? We look forward to expanding this section of the site with your suggestions. We can’t offer fortune, but we can at least offer some measure of fame. Thousands of other machinists might see and benefit from your suggestion. You may send your suggestions to us by mail, fax or email as follows:

Mail: Attn: Marketing, SHERLINE Products, 3235 Executive Ridge, Vista, CA 92081-8527, USA.
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  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 reverse for the 3100 power feed—William Geissinger
  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