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    Aluminium Magnifying Glass Holder

    Hi, Don't know whether this is classed as a 'tool' or not but I've posted it here anyway.
    Wasn't doing much recently and was looking around for something to make and having had a thick lens out of a projector or something, kicking about for some time, I decided to knock up a holder for it using an Audi suspension arm as the already half made raw material.

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    All I had to do was cut the end off it and do a minimal amount of machining to finish it off

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    Gripped the piece in the bore and turned the outside diameter to clean up.

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    Then filed up the rest of the o.d., and, gripped on this, bored and formed the locating groove for the glass.

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    Trimmed the 'lug' to approximate size using the band saw and then later hand filed to blend with o.d.
    and cut the split on the milling machine

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    Then, with a VERY iffy grip in the four jaw chuck, turned the 3/8" thread diameter and die cut the 3/8 x 24 threads. Just got away with it by some very gingerly turning !

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    And, 'Robert's your mother's brother' - job done !

    I've posted a short (1 minute 50 seconds) YouTube video on this, adding it to my collection of 'Handy Home Made No Cost/Low Cost Garage/Workshop Items & Tools' videos, which covers all of the above, but includes the final assembly with the lightly modified angle grinder handle.

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    Thanks brianhw! We've added your Magnifying Glass Holder to our Miscellaneous category, as well as to your builder page: brianhw's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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