The tailstock offset method is generally used to cut a taper when no taper attachment is available. This involves moving the tailstock centre out-of-line with the headstock centre. However, the amount that the tailstock may be offset is limited. This method will not permit steep tapers to be turned or standard tapers to be turned on the end of a long piece of work. Since the work will be essentially at an angle it will need to be machined between centres. Thus, a chuck or collet can not be used to hold the workpiece. Great care must be exercised in setting the tailstock back to centre when the taper turning operation is completed.