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    Lathe carriage lock improvement

    Hello everyone,
    A usual problem on all small lathes is the lack of a good clamp with a handle for locking the carriage. The most common clamp you can see, is made from cast iron, is small and has an Allen screw to tighten it. My lathe wasn't exception to that, so I made a new clamp with a handle. The following video shows the process.

    All the best
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    That OEM carriage lock is more substantial than many. A lot just have a thin flat piece of bar that often cracks. That is a very nice job you have done.

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    Thanks Dimitris Polychronis! We've added your Lathe Carriage Lock to our Lathe Accessories category,
    as well as to your builder page: Dimitris Polychronis's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Quote Originally Posted by NortonDommi View Post
    That OEM carriage lock is more substantial than many. A lot just have a thin flat piece of bar that often cracks. That is a very nice job you have done.
    Thank you very much, I'm happy that you like it! It is as you said it "a thin flat piece of bar"; mine had been made from cast iron (something I forgot to mention in the video, sorry).

    All the best
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    Congratulations Dimitris Polychronis - your Lathe Carriage Lock is the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    Lathe modifications are a favorite around here, and this is a beautifully executed and useful one.

    Some more good builds from this week:

    Radius Filing Method by uv8452
    Rose Indexing Jig by shopandmath
    Tube Notcher by orioncons36
    Leg Vise by Kwandotechnic
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    Sheetmetal Circle Cutter by Mr.DK DIY
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    Dimitris Polychronis - you'll be receiving a $25 online gift card, in your choice of Amazon, PayPal, or bitcoin. Please PM me your current email address and gift card choice and I'll get it sent over right away.

    This is your 2nd Homemade Tool of the Week win. Here are both of your Homemade Tool of the Week winning tools. Congrats again


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    I like it. It's even clocked by washer thickness.

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    Thank you very much Jon, I appreciate it!

    All the best
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    Thank you Dan, I appreciate that you like it!

    Cheers
    Dimitris

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    Yet again beautiful work, attention to detail. When I grow up I want to be as skilled as you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyget View Post
    Yet again beautiful work, attention to detail. When I grow up I want to be as skilled as you.
    Thank you very much! The "when I grow up" was really funny by the way; Although you're not admitting it, you are very skilled and talented my friend!

    Cheers
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