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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 »

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 DIY Cyclone Dust Separator for Your Shop

DIY Cyclone Dust Separator by Dan Clark

It turns out that making a cyclone dust separator is a fairly simple process, and the DIY version seems to work as well as a commercial separator. Small scale (shop size) cyclone dust separators typically attach to an intermediate tank (like a trash can or 5-gallon bucked) and separate the dust and large chunks of debris from the air being ... Read More »