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    Tapping on the Mini Mill

    I ran out of head space on my mini mill and needed to tap some holes after they were drilled.
    I prefer to do it right after drilling so everything is always lined up. My 1/4-20 tap likes to slip in
    the chuck on my mill so I just went to the tried and true method of using a "center" to line up the tap.
    This is not as good as a tap follower but that would not fit in the space I had to work with so we compromise.

    The "center" is just a 1/8" shank from a broken carbide end mill. I always save the broken bits for making
    "tools" or cutters at a later date.

    I bring down the center into the center hole in the tap and then turn the tap about 1/4 turn and then bring down
    the quill again. A small tap handle fits in there very well and once I get 3 or 4 threads I discontinue the use of the center
    and just finish tapping in the normal manner.

    Cheers, JR
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    Nice looking tap handle their JR.

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    Thanks Doug, I like this type since it is easy to change taps and the handle will fit where others are just too big.
    I have made two of them and for small taps they are my go to tap handle.

    Cheers, JR
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    Thanks jjr2001! We've added your Tapping Center to our Tapping and Threading category,
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