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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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Turn Your Rotary Table into a Super Spacer with a handy #3MT Chuck Arbor

Phase II Spacer

This simple metalworking project will give you the ability to transfer work directly from lathe to rotary table without removing the part from the chuck. In this metalworking project Russ describes how he used an old, bent #3MT drill into a #3MT chuck arbor that fit both his lathe and his rotary table.

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The Basics of Metalworking Taps, Tapping Fluids, & Tap Handles

The Basics of Metalworking Taps, Tapping Fluids, & Tap Handles

I had a chance to sit down with Barry Young a while back and I asked him to talk about taps, tapping fluids, and tap handles. I wanted his overview to be as basic as possible so it would be beneficial to beginners, but I ended up learning a few things myself - especially about novel cutting fluids (in part 2). I videotaped Barry's commentary and divided it into 3 parts: part 1 - various taps and their uses, part 2: tapping fluids and lubricants, and part 3 - tap handle designs and limitations.

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