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Here's my first Instructables project and I made it at Techshop. A shiny new 58.4mm espresso tamper! I started with a 2.5"x12" copper round rod and a basic ...
I used a steady rest because the material I was working with was too thick to fit through the headstock of the lathe and too long to be ...
I used the compound rest to curve the top of the tamper then drilled a 5/16" hole in the center.
Once I had a way to support the copper rod from both ends I removed the steady rest and turned the material down to the target size.
Start with the tap in a drill chuck so you can be sure it's square, finish by hand. Copper is miserable to tap, this was the most irritating ...
Throw the thing in a horizontal bandsaw and cut it off.
I used a fly cutter on the mill to flatten the bottom, figuring that it was easier to get the piece level using parallels than it would be ...
Remove the burr if there is one, screw the handle on and take it home.
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