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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

Way back when when I first got into metalworking one of my early projects was to create a lathe chuck arbor that fit both my lathe spindle and my rotary table. This basically allowed me to turn my rotary table into a Super Spacer. For those of you who haven’t heard of a Super Spacer, it’s basically a rotary table …

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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 (part 2). …

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Shop Tip: EZ Tap Guides

by Russ Harman Girls, boys and all the ships at sea.  Did I include everyone?  OK, here is a super simple project to burn up a Saturday or a couple nights during the week while you are waiting for the Sea Chickens (aka Seattle Seahawks) to return for the playoffs.  Far better than watching run of the mill re-runs on …

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