Re: Case Hardening the Permanent Spindle #lathe

Ethan Allred

I honestly misread the question and thought you had mentioned the headstock, not the spindle. 

I'd say it would be worthwhile if you wanted to case harden the end of the spindle with the center. Until you have a chuck/face plate you'll be wearing against it with every setup, and 1018 will get a lot of damage from dogs/etc.

Just make sure to temper it afterwards if you go that route.

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