Have I turned this handwheel twenty-one times, or only twenty? In all this boredom I kind of lost track myself.... [Y]ou've got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky?It is a cheap, semidisposable paper ruler that fits into the space under the saddle on the Sherline lathe bed or Sherline vertical mill column, and helps you to keep track of coarse movements of the cutting tool. I have often found myself turning a piece of material to a particular diameter, or especially, when boring the interior of a cylinder, and I could not remember how many turns of the handwheel I had already made. Now, as long as I keep track of roughly where I started, I can immediately tell within .050" how far I have moved the cutting tool.
I will be putting this product up on Google Shopping next, along with some similar measurement tools for other purposes.
Regular readers of my blog may be asking themselves, "With all the stuff that Clayton does, when does he find time to sleep?" The answer, of course, should be said with a slightly maniacal tone: "Sleep is for weaklings!"