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Adjustable Tailstock for a 5C Collet Indexer

5c Collet Index Tailstock

Here’s a nice weekend metalworking project for you, an adjustable tailstock for a 5c collet indexer! I have noticed in several articles that there seems to be a lot of interest in an adjustable tailstock for a 5c Collet Indexer.  Over the years I have accumulated three of these handy gizmos and not a one of them came with a ... Read More »

The Files Every Machinist Should Have in His Toolbox

files every machinist should have

Recently I was putting together my Christmas list and I asked my friend Barry Young for his opinion on selecting files for the machine shop. I have a set of inexpensive needle files that are adequate for plastics and soft metals, but they haven't held up well when I've used them on steel. I needed to upgrade to a better set of files and I had my eye on a 12 piece set of Nicholson needle file. But before I added them to my Christmas wish-list I wanted his opinion. This article contains his educational reply. Read More »