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    Thanks Marv, That looks perfect for using on my "micro lathe" (sherline) as an accessory.

    Cheers, JR
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    jjr2001,

    That is one fine looking piece of machinery! Nice workmanship too!
    It appears you use standard files with altered tangs. Is that correct or have you found a source for purchasing machine files?
    Dick


    Links to some of my plans:

    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/f...6068#post65876 OFF-SET TAILSTOCK CENTER PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...995#post112113 SMALL TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/l...994#post112111 LARGE TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...383#post110340 MINI-LATHE CARRIAGE LOCK PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...191#post106483 SMALL QC TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/q...849#post119345 QUICK CHANGE LATHE TURRET
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...949#post119893 MINI LATHE COMPOUND PIVOT MODIFICATION

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    Thanks Dick, I just used some cheap imports since I did not want to modify my good ones.
    Any file will due. With my file "chuck" design I can make a new chuck from a chunk of most
    any metal to fit any file. Nice thing is that they can be driven from either end. The Filer is going
    to be a great aid in the reduction of my filing time!

    One mod would be a table with inserts. I could then make a snug fitting clearance hole for any size or type file.
    Maybe for my next project!

    Cheers, JR
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    jjr2001,
    Thanks for the information. I have looked for quality machine files many times, but have never been successful. I used die filers back in my apprentice days.
    Dick


    Links to some of my plans:

    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/f...6068#post65876 OFF-SET TAILSTOCK CENTER PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...995#post112113 SMALL TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/l...994#post112111 LARGE TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...383#post110340 MINI-LATHE CARRIAGE LOCK PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...191#post106483 SMALL QC TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/q...849#post119345 QUICK CHANGE LATHE TURRET
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...949#post119893 MINI LATHE COMPOUND PIVOT MODIFICATION

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    I bought an inexpensive set from Little Machine Shop and they're not bad, certainly better than the Nicholson set that I bought which are as likely to go skittering off a piece of steel as cutting (shame - they used to be good).
    If you can't make it precise make it adjustable.

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    Crusty,
    I would sure like to know where real high quality machine files could be purchased. Nicholson used to make a top notch file. I have had some for over fifty years. Taking good care of them is the key. Many people just toss them into a drawer and expect them to last. That is a lot to expect of a file.
    Dick


    Links to some of my plans:

    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/f...6068#post65876 OFF-SET TAILSTOCK CENTER PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...995#post112113 SMALL TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/l...994#post112111 LARGE TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...383#post110340 MINI-LATHE CARRIAGE LOCK PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...191#post106483 SMALL QC TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/q...849#post119345 QUICK CHANGE LATHE TURRET
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...949#post119893 MINI LATHE COMPOUND PIVOT MODIFICATION

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    I'm in that shameless category - all my files are in the same drawer but since I've given up on finding good files I don't see much point in trying to keep those average ones in pristine condition. Like I said I was expecting much better when I bought that Nicholson set (granted it wasn't their premium line) and the cheaper ones I got from LMS are doing a better job. Apparently the folks at LMS make an effort to source good usable tools at affordable prices because I don't have a complaint yet about anything I've bought from them. In fact the $200 full index of US made Republic drills that I bought from them has opened a door to a new level of quality in my hole work. I've got a 1-60 Latrobe mini set that I keep at my drill press and those Republic drills seem just as good.
    If you can't make it precise make it adjustable.

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    Crusty,
    I have always had good service from Nicholson files. I’ve never had a bad one that I am aware of. I use a file card and pick to keep the files cutting well. I was also taught to use chalk on the files so they shed fillings and to keep the file from pinning.
    Dick


    Links to some of my plans:

    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/f...6068#post65876 OFF-SET TAILSTOCK CENTER PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...995#post112113 SMALL TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/l...994#post112111 LARGE TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...383#post110340 MINI-LATHE CARRIAGE LOCK PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...191#post106483 SMALL QC TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/q...849#post119345 QUICK CHANGE LATHE TURRET
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...949#post119893 MINI LATHE COMPOUND PIVOT MODIFICATION

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    Back to the shop.

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    JR,

    Thank you!
    Dick


    Links to some of my plans:

    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/f...6068#post65876 OFF-SET TAILSTOCK CENTER PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...995#post112113 SMALL TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/l...994#post112111 LARGE TURRET TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...383#post110340 MINI-LATHE CARRIAGE LOCK PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/s...191#post106483 SMALL QC TOOL POST PLANS
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/q...849#post119345 QUICK CHANGE LATHE TURRET
    http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/m...949#post119893 MINI LATHE COMPOUND PIVOT MODIFICATION

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