I've purchased an articulating arm hollowing system for my woodturning lath e. The articulating arm is attached to the ways of the lathe on a two-part base. The ways are sandwiched between the bottom and top pieces. The bot tom piece isn't wide enough to capture both of the ways.
I need a new piece of steel measuring 2 1/2 by 5 inches by 1/4 inch thickne ss with a hole tapped in the center. I assume a machine shop could do this for me. Is there a particular steel I should be asking for? What's a fair price for something like this?
Dumb questions, I know, but metal is the reason I work with wood <G>.
PS: Yes, I asked the company that sells this system for suggestions and he suggested I angle the bottom piece so it catches both ways. That may work, but the potential stresses could result in a catastrophic accident.