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    How to Make Automatic Centre Punch

    Automatic Centre Punch - When you have so much junk in the workshop that you don't really have to buy it, you can just build one with ease with the help of a simple spring and bolt.

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    Great ! That's an idea!
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    I have several of the "springtool" versions of this including several of their pin punches. the commercial version has a hammer inside the spring which delivers the blow, more than just the mass of the spring itself.( see
    for examples)
    For a DIY, this is great - the only thing I'd change is putting a hardened tip in the punch - for DIY, I'd drill a hole in the tip, and insert a concrete nail for the punch tip.
    in the commercial offering, the centre punch version has a hardened tip which is TOUGH, whereas the rest of the tool is about grade 8 tough (marks with a file)

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    Just brilliant.

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    just watched the video I linked to - the guy calls out some of the tools wrong he confuses a prick punch with a centre punch, and snaps everything 3 times - one is usually enough.
    I only linked it to show what a commercial spring tool looks like. if you're in Australia, the toolquip group have been clearancing them for a few months - mostly pin punches left, at $5 each. I bought up a few, and reground one to make another centre punch.

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    I agree with desbromilow; a hard tip will give better results over time.
    Concrete nails are easily 55+ Rc, other materials come to mind too, in no particular order. For starters,
    Broken Tap, end mill or drill shank,
    Drill blank,
    Tip of a deck screw
    Paneling nail...
    Drill blind pocket and set point with epoxy, anaerobic or cyanoacrylate adhesive. The small mass will heat easily and facilitate replacement.
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    Congratulations diyfixman - your Automatic Center Punch is the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    This one wins on pure cleverness and simplicity! We can all build one of those from our junk boxes.

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    Never seen a spring like that. I made my own that sorta work but not nice like the one being shown.

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