Show Us Your Shop Made Tooling!

8ntsane

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Hello everyone

I think we need a thread on our shop made tooling. This would be any tool, or fixture/ set up that you have come up with to get er done.

We all like making up tools, for our tools, so come on people,,Show them off here!
This can be a item you modded to get er done, or some thing you built from scratch. Mods that you made to you machine/ tooling to make it better.

So lets gets this started, dont be shy. This could be a good thread for newbies, and the experianced alike. I know we have many crafty devils in here, get your pics in here ;) tell us a bit about it. Simple , to hi tech,,its all good!
 

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They pale in comparison to yours and I've had some of these in other threads but here goes in order: hold down clamps made from thick walled pipe, 2 tool bit height gauges, threading stop and a handy run out indicator all to fit lampost tool holders, a group of brass hammers, a tool bit angle gauge for a Williams holder and last a tool post grinder.

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Really like the hold downs made from the pipe, do the work well? I would think there might be some flex issues.
 

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So far I haven't taxed them too hard. They seem to help when nothing else seems to fit. (clearance issues)


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I seen seen your clamps you made out of heavy wall pipe in another post, and I picked up the pipe to build mine just yesterday.

I would like to see this thread grow, and members post pics of the tools they made, modded, or multi task. Its all good, we can all get some idea,s from a thread like this one. ;)
 

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8ntsane, that must be a good sized lathe to mount your vise vertically on? Mine's only an 11" swing. I'd like to pick up a smaller 3" vise to use on mine and on my Sheldon 0. (when I get some more fun money)


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First a system for parting 125 mm steel in a 9 inch Boxford and then a tangential holder.
The tangential holder uses sticks between 4 and 5 mm square of carbide or stellite.(Tantung)

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8ntsane, that must be a good sized lathe to mount your vise vertically on? Mine's only an 11" swing. I'd like to pick up a smaller 3" vise to use on mine and on my Sheldon 0. (when I get some more fun money)


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Yes, the lathe is a fair size, it swings 17 over the ways, and a bit over 10 over the saddle. Though its a bit short on centre to centre distance, only 30 inches. But at just over 4000 pds, its a ridgid machine
 

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Slick setup for managing the chucks. That would be real handy. :thumbzup:



Your design? Any chance of sharing the plans for the tangential TH? I'd love to have a 1/2" version and I really like the looks/design of yours.

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The design is just what I come up with looking at many different designs on the net. I went with the 1/2 tooling because of the size of my lathe. If you seach tandental tool holder, I posted it about a yr ago. shows more pics of the build. I used the band saw to rough it out, and if you look at the pics, the frond end was changed as it progressed.

Allso, on my tool holder, I didnt lay the tooling over like most people do. I saw no point in doing so, so I just did things my way, and it works well. I like the tool holder for working on jobs that require turning and facing operations. On initial set up, the tool dosnt need to have position alterd for turning or facing, and saves time. I perfer this tool for aluminum.

If I remember right, this tool took less than 4 hrs to make, a after noon project. If you need more pics in detail, let me know.
 

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Thanks Paul. I'll look up the old posts and let you know if I have questions.

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First a system for parting 125 mm steel in a 9 inch Boxford and then a tangential holder.
The tangential holder uses sticks between 4 and 5 mm square of carbide or stellite.(Tantung)
FarFar

Interesting tool cutter, got any more pics of the break down? Im interested to see how you have the tool bit held in there.
 

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No problem! :thumbzup:



The mount is actually fairly simple...

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-Ron :p :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:
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Im not a gun guy at all, but what kind of gun is that in the upper left hand corner ? (':biggrin:')

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Ron nice design, as was asked before have you drawn up the holder.
Here is my design after looking at your tool, but I'm worried about how much metal is in front of the leading tool edge if you get my drift.............
What did you allow,
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Here's a couple of tools I've made.
The first is a couple of dimple dies I made a while back, I've made a couple of bigger ones as well.
dimple1.jpg
dimple2.jpg

And here's a jig I made for my rotary table.
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I needed a way to cut a key-way in a pulley that I had made for my mill.
I dug through my scrap pile and this what I ended up with.
I machined the body out and bored the hole slightly undersized.
Once I got it mounted on the compound I centred it as best I could then
I mounted a boring bar in the chuck and and finished the bore to size as best I could, then
made up the bushings and pressed them in.The rest was pretty straight forward.

Terry

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I needed a way to cut a key-way in a pulley that I had made for my mill.
I dug through my scrap pile and this what I ended up with.
I machined the body out and bored the hole slightly undersized.
Once I got it mounted on the compound I centred it as best I could then
I mounted a boring bar in the chuck and and finished the bore to size as best I could, then
made up the bushings and pressed them in.The rest was pretty straight forward.

Terry
"As best you could" looks dang good to me. Very nice.

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Ron nice design, as was asked before have you drawn up the holder.
Here is my design after looking at your tool, but I'm worried about how much metal is in front of the leading tool edge if you get my drift.............
What did you allow,
finishedtoolholder01.jpg
Lockstocknbarrel

Im not sure if you question was directed at me, or Ron

The top pic you show is the one I built last yr. I didnt do any drawing of it. The design is accually Farfar( Niels) He had a pic posted some where on the internet, and I just made my own copy to fit 1/2 tooling and fit my lathe.

Now the 2 drawings you show, look like they would be very nice , and fit a QCTP as well. I also had thought the material at the front might be a issue. If you look at the pics I posted, you can see that I later had trimed the fat off the tool holder. I didnt know at the time if the tool was going to work or not. Most all of these TTH have the cutting tool also laid over to the left, and this design does not. As it went, the tool worked well, and I thought about making it fit the QCTP, but I dont thing I will. With only one bolt to remove and install on the T-nut, I figured it is a ridgid mount as is.

The pics you have shown would be a nice tool holder, and if you seen a need to trim off the extra material off the front, it certainly would be a easy task to do.

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Here's a couple of tools I've made.
The first is a couple of dimple dies I made a while back, I've made a couple of bigger ones as well.
dimple1.jpg
dimple2.jpg

And here's a jig I made for my rotary table.
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Hi David

The dimple dies I have several size as well. They do a fine job on sheet metal work. I spent most of my life in the racing industry, and used the same tools some times for decorative, and many times to add strength to other wise flimsey sheet aluminum panels. Also found them to be handy sinking panels when mounting 1/4 turn quick release fasteners.

You rotary table jig. It appears to be used for centreing, or offsetting your work.
Would you have anymore pics of this in setups? And possibly more details on its use. Im sure many of us would be interested.

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I needed a way to cut a key-way in a pulley that I had made for my mill.
I dug through my scrap pile and this what I ended up with.
I machined the body out and bored the hole slightly undersized.
Once I got it mounted on the compound I centred it as best I could then
I mounted a boring bar in the chuck and and finished the bore to size as best I could, then
made up the bushings and pressed them in.The rest was pretty straight forward.

Terry
Some of the best tools have started out as scrap bin pickins ;)
Nice job Id say. The tool looks like a well thought out design. I have thought of building one allmost every time I need to cut a keyway. I have been cranking the carriage back and forth, and it gets tire some, in a very short while.

In your design, do you have depth stops, or do use the end of travel as the depth stop? I allso have allways wondered about the handle placement on those . If you were to do it again, would you change the handle placement, or it good where it is?
 

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Matt
Great looking job on the dividing head. You wouldnt happen to have any more pics, would you? Id be interested to see more on that item.
Nice Job (':thumbzup:')
 

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Hi David

The dimple dies I have several size as well. They do a fine job on sheet metal work. I spent most of my life in the racing industry, and used the same tools some times for decorative, and many times to add strength to other wise flimsey sheet aluminum panels. Also found them to be handy sinking panels when mounting 1/4 turn quick release fasteners.

You rotary table jig. It appears to be used for centreing, or offsetting your work.
Would you have anymore pics of this in setups? And possibly more details on its use. Im sure many of us would be interested.
Paul the main idea with the jig was to allow me to machine a full 180° in one operation and hold the work secure. I put the markings on it to give me a starting point for centering the job.
I've only used it for one project, here's a couple of more pics. I'll take a pic of it mounted to the table without a job on it over the weekend.
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Here are a few items I have made over the last few years to help with projects both machine shop and automotive.
The first is a floating die holder once featured in Home Shop Machinist. It also shows the thread dial I made for the lathe.

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The next picture shows a set of tools I made for assembling a Studebaker six engine.
The 3 pieces on the left are for installing the camshaft timing gear, the slim tool in the centre for installing the wrist pin and connecting rod on the piston. I had no picture of the tool itself, just a photo in the service manual of it in a vice with pin, rod and piston mounted on it so I had to reverse engineer it from there. The set on the right are for installing the timing gear on the crankshaft. For the two timing gear installers we had drawings and specs for.

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The next picture shows a set of press tools for replacing the control arm bushings on a Studebaker front suspension. For these parts the manual had good photos.

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The next picture shows the dies I made for the bead roller to put the channels in the floor panels for the Studebaker I am working on.

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The next picture shows the arbor I made to hold the gear cutter in my little Homier mill/drill

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I guess that will do for now. Basically it boils down to if I need something and don't have one I make it with my limited bit of mainly self taught machine shop practice.
Nick

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