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    Large size adjustable transfer punch

    A project I wish I had never started led to the need to transfer the location of a 22 mm hole. My usual transfer punches only go to 1/2" and my expanding punches (top in picture below) don't go much farther. The commercial spring-loaded one-size-fits-many only goes to about 3/4".

    Then I remembered the hole-centering-aid I described earlier here...

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    The largest of these goes to 1". Pop it in a collet, drill and ream for a close sliding fit for the one-size-fits-many punch and Robert's your mother's brother.




    The new hole wiped out the center but that was quickly restored with a slightly larger center drill. Now the tool serves two purposes-a goal for which I always strive when making tools.
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    Marv,

    Thank you for introducing me to expanding transfer punches. I like your idea for the larger diameters. Thank you for the posting.

    Regards, Paul

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    I no longer have any pictures or the tool but your adjustable transfer punch looks alot like the drawing I have of one that I made
    It worked on holes from .5" through 1.75" as long as the material was thick enough
    a snap ring not shown held the adjustable punch in the squaring shell
    just hold the outer shell to the work piece to make the punch perpendicular to the part and strike the center punch
    Large size adjustable transfer punch-adjustable-transfer-punch1.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    I no longer have any pictures or the tool but your adjustable transfer punch looks alot like the drawing I have of one that I made
    It worked on holes from .5" through 1.75" as long as the material was thick enough
    a snap ring not shown held the adjustable punch in the squaring shell
    just hold the outer shell to the work piece to make the punch perpendicular to the part and strike the center punch
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    Functionally, they look to be identical although my commercial one is much smaller than yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
    Marv,

    Thank you for introducing me to expanding transfer punches. I like your idea for the larger diameters. Thank you for the posting.

    Regards, Paul
    Yes, they're very handy and, of course, solve the problem of transferring metric sized holes; I've never found a set of metric transfer punches.

    They're still sold but, to my amazement, are far more expensive than I remember paying...

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    I remember paying about $30 many years ago.
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    Marv,
    After reading your article, I too looked for the adjustable transfer punches on eBay and at Enco. These are more expensive than I expected but do cover a wide range of small hole sizes of any size. I may look into making my own. Thank you for the ideas.
    Paul

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    Thanks mklotz! We've added your Large Adjustable Transfer Punch to our Metalworking category,
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