1. Thanks for your compliments about my machining skills. Low res pictures make my work look very impressive!Geoffrey Ellis wrote:William, this is hugely impressive--you clearly have advanced machining skills and excellent problem-solving techniques! I think your solution is elegant, though it does seem to be confined to making straight tapers, is that correct?
2. Yes, my solution works best with straight tapers, but with a little manipulation I can make certain alterations. Carefully charting order of operations; plotting when and where to stop a cut, change a rate of taper, or switch to cylindrical turning allows for something other than a straight taper. One of my reamer profiles, the left-hand joint of a four-piece baroque flute, starts with a cylindrical section at the big end, changes to a shallow taper for a good bit of its length, and then transitions to a steeper taper toward the small end.