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Making a G0602 Cross Slide Retractor

1 - Retracting tool holder, design by George Thomas.

In this metalworking project Jim walks us through the steps required to build a handy cross slide retractor for the lathe. This modification simplifies the threading process by allowing the user to quickly retract the threading tool away from the part with a lever rather than by using the cross feed dial. It's also useful when making finish passes as the tool can be retracted prior to moving the carriage (thus your tool doesn't drag across the finished surface). The dimensions in the free drawings for this modification are for the popular G0602 10x22 lathe by Grizzly, but the drawings can be easily modified to fit the dimensions of other lathes. Read More »

Book Review: Elements of Machine Work

Elements

Reviewed by Dale Annis Skill Level:Amature Type: Text Book Projects: None which are machine specific Units: Inches Pages:192 At the twilight of the American Industrial Revolution, on the eve of the United States transcendence to world super-power, Robert H. Smith of Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote three text books on the art and science of tool and machine use. The men and ... 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 »