Hey guys! I picked myself up a an old craftsman badged 12x36 (with the timken bearings) a few months back and have been having a great time learning to use it. I have so far made a little gear indexer and cut my own gears, with the milling attatchment that came with an old 9" atlas (metal craft badge I think) it was trashed but came with lots of tooling and other neat stuff, I like having parts machines for my parts machines so my latest project has been getting my lathe level and aligned and I have come across a problem, I noticed no matter what I did I couldn't get the spindle to run true, so I decided to try bluing my collet chuck and noticed hey, only about 1/2-3/4 of an inch is in contact, so I measured the through hole of the spindle, and guess what? Someone bored it out! So I decide I have a little room to try to enlarge the taper and still have a usable but slightly larger mt3, so I spent way too long setting up my compound to cut the taper, I took a few thou out of the taper and now get about 1-1/4"-1-1/2" of contact on my dead center, but my collet chuck is now too small to fit. So I looked through epay and there are quite a few used spindles, for 70$ plus! Or I can get a whole headstock for about double, and have some more spare parts. My other option is to make a new spindle, so I checked the online metal suppliers and I can get a 12" bar of DOM that is 2"OD and .75"ID is this a suitable material, I also have a few feet of 3" C.R. Bar, but that would take a lot of machining... but maybe it's a better material? Not sure what used originally? Plus I have it on hand. Sorry for all the words, think of this as my introduction and a question. Also, if anyone has a spindle laying around let me know. We could work a trade, I have all sorts of stuff for these lathes including a complete 9" with a few good parts still. Not the spindle though, it was trashed when the Babbitts that it ran on failed. Thanks! Here's some pics don't mind the messy garage I added the 3/4" leadscrew and put a newer carriage with auto cross feed, as well as an AXA qctp And here is a couple of my gears I made.