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Homemade Dial Engraving Setup


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Dr Stan on bbs.homeshopmachinist.net
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Homemade dial engraving setup constructed from a rotary table mounted on a lathe chuck.
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Jun 01, 2016 2:39 PM
Dr Stan
No "prints/drawings" are available as I did not make or use any. However the process is fairly straight forward, but time consuming. I mounted my 4 jaw on the lathe and removed the jaws. I then aligned the RT starting with an alignment pin in the drill chuck in the tailstock and clamped the RT in place just enough to hold it. I used a test indicator and a holder in the tailstock drill chuck to align the RT with the lathe spindle. Then mounted a small 4 jaw on the RT into which I mounted the mandrel I used to turn the dial blank. Indicated it in then put a 60 degree threading tool on its side in the QC tool holder as the engraving tool. One must keep close track of the turns on the RT so you can make the appropriate length of line. Numbers were later added with steel stamps.
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DIY Dial Engraving Setup - comment on how to build a Dial Engraving Setup - 1 comments
Dr Stan says:
Jun 01, 2016 2:39 PM
No "prints/drawings" are available as I did not make or use any. However the process is fairly straight forward, but time consuming. I mounted my 4 jaw on the lathe and removed the jaws. I then aligned the RT starting with an alignment pin in the drill chuck in the tailstock and clamped the RT in place just enough to hold it. I used a test indicator and a holder in the tailstock drill chuck to align the RT with the lathe spindle. Then mounted a small 4 jaw on the RT into which I mounted the mandrel I used to turn the dial blank. Indicated it in then put a 60 degree threading tool on its side in the QC tool holder as the engraving tool. One must keep close track of the turns on the RT so you can make the appropriate length of line. Numbers were later added with steel stamps.

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