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A Tailstock Crotch Center for the Lathe

Tailstock Crotch Center with Drill Guides - Free Metalworking Project

by Russ Harman I started this metalworking project last winter because I have always thought it would be handy to have a simple way to cross drill round stock in my shop.  I had planned initially to send this to Tyler for publication but Mr. James Instone beat me to the punch with his fixture for drilling holes in round …

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A DIY Powered Benchtop Tapping Machine

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Howdy Guy’s and Gal’s! It’s my turn now to contribute to the site with a tool that I consider a “must-have” for the home shop machinist. A powered benchtop threading/tapping machine! For some 25 years I have used this simple tapping machine in my workshop. One of my old colleagues invented it more than 40 years ago and he gave …

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Making an index wheel for the G0602

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 …

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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 …

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Making a G0602 Cross Slide Retractor

The G0602 has proved to be a very popular lathe and has gathered a large following.  The lathe is one of the most popular once you go beyond the mini-lathe class of equipment.  With so many followers it is no wonder that a large number of improvements have been developed by the users.  Earlier I attempted to combine some of …

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