H-M Platinum Supporter ($50)
- Feb 17, 2013
That's definitely a beautiful piece of work, and your pride is justified. I've had my X2 for a number of years, and one of the first things I did was to dig through my "slush pile" of old wrenches to find one that fit the drawbar. I shortened it to about 6 1/2", just right to tighten the R8 collets sufficiently without going "farmer tight."I completed my drawbar wrench/hammer for my X2 mill today. I’m quite pleased with it. It’s not perfect, but I’m proud of it. It was made from a store bought deep socket, and brass and aluminum I inherited in Dad’s workbench. This project was based on and inspired by the Soft Faced Hammer Project on the Projects in Metal Forum.
Very soon thereafter, I decided I needed to add some kind of soft-face hammer, to help release the collets. Being crude and lazy, I just found a random chunk of aluminum and milled it to fit (about 9/16 by 1 1/2 by 3/4"), sanded the curve to fit the wrench, and added a slot to accept a small hose clamp. It's been extremely handy, especially since I don't have to turn it to alternate between wrench mode to hammer mode.