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    Dremel mount for the metal lathe

    Hi folks
    So, here is my solution for mounting a Dremel power tool on the tool post of the metal lathe.
    It is very usefull for all kinds of works, I use it for milling longitudinal grooves on metal, but also for grinding all kinds of materials that are difficult to cut like for making mother of pearl or abalone dots (I glue a piece of raw MOP at the tip of a wooden dowel, and install it in the lathe, turn slowly and grind the pripheral with the dremel in the tool post).


    It is a standard M20 nut, welded at the tip of a 12mmx12mm square steel bar.
    M20 works fine for the Dremel and similar high speed grinders (at least in Europe, I couldn't swear for the US)


    First possibility : install it in the tool post, just like a lathe tool. It can be used to grind longitudinally or transversally.


    Other possibility : installed in the vise of a milling square (I don't know if it's the correct name for that adaptation that allows to perform some milling work on the lathe).
    In that last case, you gain a Z axis and it allows to setup the cutting depth.

    Here it is !
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    Very nice, Christophe. Such a simple attachment that adds a lot of versatility.

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    Just curious before I add the entry to the database, but is the nut actually welded to the rod or brazed?

    Ken

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    Oh yes, Ken, brazed, with brass, sorry for the bad wording.
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    Thanks, Christophe, for the clarification. Glad to learn that my eyes haven't failed me yet! :-)

    Incidentally, I've really been enjoying your work. I was a very serious violinist from early childhood until college and spent many happy hours at a variety of luthiers in and around NYC. Your finger planes, especially, have brought back nice memories of those times. I can still close my eyes and smell the wood and varnish… :-)

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    Thanks for the kind words, I completely understand what you are saying, it is also some kind of memories that brought me to lutherie, it is a marvelous world, full of marvelous sensations, smells, sounds touches and marvelous people !
    And full of techniques also which can often rhyme with poesy, contrary to what the common sens could think.
    Keep watching, I'm currently making a viola, and will start very soon a bowlback mandola, which represents quite a challenge.
    Cheers !
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    Thanks Christophe! I've added your Lathe Dremel Mount to our Metalworking category, as well as to your builder page: Christophe Mineau's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Simple and cheap. Very resourceful of you Christophe.

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    Hi Christophe
    I have made some of these but I checked the thread with Dremel and the old ones are 3/4 bsf.
    Strange thread I know but they fit my Dremel.
    Brian

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    Now to improve that design for a DIY tool...... make a tool the same, to fit the end of the NEW Dremel Flex Shaft to take the weight off the tool holding it, for smaller metal lathes!!!!!


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