I know sometimes we've got to do what we've got to do, but I try my darnedest not to use a die to cut threads I like my single point threads. I don't know your lathe but I can cut metric if I change settings and leave the half nut engaged. It works very well because I'll made a couple of pullers and bolts doing it. Your tool looks great I've seen plans for something similar in HSM just never took the time to make it.
That's right Bill, I agree 100%. We try and we screw up a piece...That's how you learn what not to do.:LOL: I've crashed a few things, and snapped and wore out some stuff prematurely in my day. It's part of the "learning experience". The guy that has more experience than you also has quite a few more mistakes (i mean learning opportunities) under his belt.During this build I have seen posts and received PMs stating "I hope I can get good enough to accomplish that level of machining." I have a question to those who wish this. How do you know what level you are at if you don't try? Just tell yourself "Yes I Can" and go for it. We are here to back you up. This Forum was started to get you all beyond the "I' not sure I can stage. We were all there once and occasionally we get there again.
Todd --- I was looking thru the Manual last night to see what gears I needed to cut the 1.5 pitch thread. I am missing the 30 tooth gears required to do this. My lathe is capable of cutting 11 metric threads. I will make a call tomorrow and see if I can get them. While at it I will get new half-nuts also. They are getting worn. Thank you for jogging my memory.I know sometimes we've got to do what we've got to do, but I try my darnedest not to use a die to cut threads I like my single point threads. I don't know your lathe but I can cut metric if I change settings and leave the half nut engaged. It works very well because I'll made a couple of pullers and bolts doing it. Your tool looks great I've seen plans for something similar in HSM just never took the time to make it.
Yes, that one is special. I use it on the rotary table and dividing head only. I put integral gears on crankshafts with it. The brass inserts are the interchangeable parts to fit different diameters.. I have them in at least 2 dozen diameters now.That looks like a really interesting lathe dog there Bill. Home grown as well? I'd love to see more.
It's as good as a tapped hole using a tap guide in the quill. The key is making sure that the die is perpendicular to the work. With that die holder you made, you can't go wrong.The Die arrives tomorrow. I am going to do the threads with that to show that a Die thread can be as good as single pointing. It's all in how it's done.
Well, all I can say is it's a good thing you run a second shift at your shop. :roflmao::ups: It's on the truck, but they deliver here after 5:00 PM.
Well, all I can say is it's a good thing you run a second shift at your shop. :roflmao:
This thread should be mandatory reading for new members. You've shown that fantastic work can be done on smaller machines like your 9x20 lathe and Clausing mill. I started out with a Unimat and was always amazed at what talented folks could turn out with them - just took a little longer. It would be good to get this thread in front of the newb's looking for their first lathe and think they have to buy the biggest.
While we're all waiting patiently, I'm gonna veer OT for a minute. My Rockwell mill is similar in size to your Clausing and I've been thinking about a rotary table. I'm guessing your rotab is a 6"? Can you verify the size and the brand?
Thanks in advance.
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