OK, my Grisly lathe that I bought used came without a spinner on the tailstock wheel. The seller just couldn't find it, so I decided to make one this weekend. I bought the parts shown here at HD. The are all stainless steel. The wood is a piece of 1' dowel I had lying around.
Then I lost the parts. OK, no big deal, I can make the spinner, and I hadn't lost the screw. (I'd guessed 5/16 as the correct size, and it was not only correct, the wheel was threaded for 5/16.)
So I set the dowel up on the lathe
and shaped it to something like I needed. Then I touched the skew to the end of the dowel to put a little curve on the back, and it exploded. Back to step 1.
Steps two and three went OK, and I took off a nice enough looking spinner a bit shorter than I really wanted, but serviceable. I took it with me when I went to see a friend, and somehow lost it on the way home! Typical.
So this afternoon I started over with the dowel on the lathe, and made a small pilot hole in the centre_
And inserted the big long 5/16 dril for the core hole
And drove it all the way home!
Then I got busy with the skew
And skipping a few finishing steps, it's attached and working. Just by way of bragging, after I finished with the skew I only needed a bit of 220 grit to make it nice.
Now, there's five minutes you'll never get back!