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A Tailstock Crotch Center for the Lathe

Tailstock Crotch Center with Drill Guides - Free Metalworking Project

Russ shows you how he created a tailstock crotch center for his lathe using metal from his scrap bin. Crotch centers are great for when you need to cross drill a piece of round stock. Read More »

Making an index wheel for the G0602

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Several years ago I made an index wheel for my G0602.  At the time I was building a modified Brooks cutter/grinder and had a number of calibrated dials and knobs to make.  I never wrote up the index wheel project. However, the index wheel has appeared in many photos that were incorporated into other posts that I made and as ... Read More »

How to Make a Custom Tap for Uncommon or Proprietary Threads

Creating a Custom Tap for Uncommon or Proprietary Threads

Have you ever needed a special size nut with uncommon or proprietary threads? Recently, I came upon a special size nut that I needed to repair an old Brown & Sharpe Protractor. Measuring the stud that I needed a nut for, I discovered that the stud was .207” and had 28 TPI. A number 10 bolt measures .190” and a ... Read More »

Making a G0602 Cross Slide Retractor

1 - Retracting tool holder, design by George Thomas.

In this metalworking project Jim walks us through the steps required to build a handy cross slide retractor for the lathe. This modification simplifies the threading process by allowing the user to quickly retract the threading tool away from the part with a lever rather than by using the cross feed dial. It's also useful when making finish passes as the tool can be retracted prior to moving the carriage (thus your tool doesn't drag across the finished surface). The dimensions in the free drawings for this modification are for the popular G0602 10x22 lathe by Grizzly, but the drawings can be easily modified to fit the dimensions of other lathes. Read More »