H-M Platinum Supporter ($50)
- Jul 20, 2012
Here is the project. I have a Wabeco D6000E metal lathe. I have a set of MT2 collets I had from something else. I thought if I bought a socket with MT2 taper inside and straight parallel outside I could easily put the collet in the chuck for quick occasional work on small things. Got the socket online. It is nice and fits perfectly for what I want to do EXCEPT I need to drill or bore a hole in the end of it so I can put a bolt through to reach the MT2 collet and tighten it up. The thing seems to be hardened and I can only scratch it with a center drill (It does have a hold about a mm deep and wide center in the end.) Put an endmill in the lathe tailpiece and it just scratches it. Any ideas I can use to get the 5/16 hole through the 1/4 inch thick bottom of this socket? Thought about de-hardening it if possible to work on it but don't know how and don't want to get it out of shape for work with later.