Hey folks! My first post here! Yay!
I'm going to start with my first actual tool video from YouTube, a tailstock threading die holder for my Harbor Freight 7x12 mini lathe.
This was a lot of fun to make and has seen so much use already, I don't know how I lived without one for so long!
Last edited by SculptyWorks; 09-15-2019 at 06:51 PM.
Nice knurling job, looks like boring out solid stock is a bit of a job on the small lathe. Thanks for posting.
I made one of these the other day, not for the lathe, but I was working on my 57 truck, where someone put in real long bolts to hold the seat in the cab. They stuck down about 30mm from the bottom. The frame was in the way of spinning on the die, hence a long extension to drive the die was needed. The bolts were very rusty (winter salt spray), and after twisting one off, I made this tool to run the die up the rusted threads, so the other 7 bolts would not twist off. I need to make a set of these for all the different die diameters, as this is not the first time I've run into this issue of driving a die where there is no clearance for the die stock handles. I was lucky to have a piece of tubing that required very little material removal.
Yes, it's a bit of a job to bore that much material on that little lathe, but it could have been a lot easier/faster if I had a proper boring bar. The one I used there I made pretty much on the spot out of a pin punch.
I made an adapter for it because I also have a bunch of little hexagonal dies. An adapter was simpler to make (and takes less space) than making a whole new tool.
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