LASER Protractor for Sherline Lathe

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Morse Taper Cutter for Sherline Lathes


Please read the documentation before ordering.
[ Manual preview ]-pdf
[ Does this tool work for my lathe? ] - pdf Compatibility.
[ Project examples ] - pdf
[ Your savings ] - HTML [ Frequently asked questions ] - HTML
Please read the safety notes before using any accessories:
[ Safety Booklet ]-pdf [ Safety ]-HTML
[ Customer feedback ] [ What is your opinion? ]


What does this tool do? One can cut Morse Taper and Morse arbors easily even on a small home shop lathe. Since labor costs are not an issue for hobby type work, you can make these accessories by yourself for close to zero dollars. All you need to do is setting the cutting angle precisely enough. Our LASER protractor is exactly doing this for you, making the entire process a piece of cake. Cutting a perfectly fitting Morse taper takes 5 min / piece. Actually, we are crazy offering this kind of tool. [ Does this tool work for my lathe? ] - pdf
Sure one can cut any small angle taper: Jacobs, Jarno, Morse, etc. One can calibrate a vertical mill, set a tilt table, calibrate a sine vice, etc.

Project Example: Center drill -
Morse Adapters.

[ Morse taper cutter for
other lathe models

Project Example: Morse #0 taper blanks are the starting point for many accessories.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9851360-3-1
ISBN-10: 0985136030
EAN-13: 661799788021
US Registered Copyright: TXu 1-810-265
Our tools are for private and non-commercial use only. Commercial licensing is available on request.







The LASER Protractor is a tool for machining tools - this is a simple operation.

What is shown on this photo is included.

Manual plus Hardware
Even better - new and improves set-up

Included are:

  • Manual, 60 pages (LASER printed, binding spines, we tell you everyting about Morse taper, setup procedure requiers 2-3 min)
  • A descent LASER pointer
  • Batteries (two AAA)
  • Mounting fixture for LASER pointer (for long/short lathe) (aluminum and steel)
  • Angle scale for 17" and 8" Sherline lathe (color paper scale glued on plywood)
  • Mounting bracket (aluminum) for angle scale with magnetic tag
  • Angle scale for vertical mill column (paper, as part of the manual) for Sherline 3050 / 3053 (manual, DRO, adjust handwheels) column and lathe cross-slide
  • Extended length scales (for long/short lathes)
  • Some more replacement paper scales.

For safety reasons we do not sell the hardware without a manual.
Tool: $99.99
Shipping & handling: US only, priority mail shiping included
Canada, 1st class, no tracking, no insurance $10
World, 1st class, no tracking, no insurance $20
[ international shipping rules ]

We have a few back in stock.
Contact us at
we can Email a PayPal invoice.

or [ get it at Amazon ]


Further accessories for your LASER Protractor / Taper Cutter

Steel Test Arbor Set
Morse #0 Arbor and Morse #1 Arbor

Reduced length (approx. 1"), steel

[ Morse taper cutter for
other lathe models

[ Morse taper cutter for
other lathe models

[ Morse taper cutter for
other lathe models
Custom designs

Other sizes of test arbors available on request. We enjoy making unusual stuff - try us.

Adjustable Tailstock Center
(Morse #0 taper to dead center)
Cutting taper in longer and/or larger diameter stock without a center is dangerous and basically impossible. This adjustable tailstock center compensates for the offset when cutting taper by rotating the headstock. Details & images --> [ manual new design ] [ old design manual ]

$59.00 (Shipps priority mail for +$5)



Further project examples: pieces cut using the LASER protractor.

Our LASER protractor allows for cutting any machine taper and arbor. In addition, the LASER protractor can be used to set the vertical milling column, or to calibrate a tilt table or sine vice. One tool for dozens of applications.

Example: Jacobs drill chuck adapters

Example: Morse Arbor-Taper adapters. Super expensive reamer
are not required to cut Morse arbors.

Example: center drill Morse #0 adapters.

Example: Specialty adapters with a Morse taper end.

Example: Morse #0 and Morse #1 arbors and dead centers.

Using the LASER protractor,
on Sherline's 17" lathe,
one can set the taper angle with a precision of 0.2 degrees.

Using extended scales a precision of 0.01 degrees can be reached.

Customer projects: we would love it to see your own projects. If you like, e-mail an image to us. If you agree we would put it up at our website, but no compensations.

Example: Morse taper #0, #1, #2. Cutting larger size Morse tapers is actually simpler on a smaller benchtop lathe than on a full size system.

Buddy Bars - alignment bars for lathes

Jacobs taper