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- Apr 21, 2015
Hey, thanks, Ken! That's awesome. Nice job stamping the numbers. I've made a few dials now and while the scribed lines come out great, I've never been completely happy with the stamped numbers (I've made a variety of jigs to hold the stamps). I may eventually build GHT's "universal pillar tool" just for this sort of thing, but I'm currently leaning toward engraving or laser-cutting flexible plastic laminate to make the protractor dial (a black plastic base with a white laminate on top).Here's some pictures of the compound slide I did last year. Might give you a few ideas on placing the marks and stamping the numbers.
You put the protractor marks on the cross-slide and the index marks on the compound. I'm planning on going the other way around (same as the original).
Since I already milled off the "ears" on the cross-slide, doing it your way isn't feasible for me. There is no circular raised area on my cross slide, and since I milled off the ears, the circular bottom of the cross slide (see photo below) is the full-width of the cross-slide. I plan to put index marks on the top horizontal surface at "North" on the compass (on the far side of the compound where it was on the original) and at "South". I also plan to put in index at "East" and "West," but they will go on the vertical surfaces on the right and left (hopefully that makes sense).