Introduction: How to Make a Metal Lathe Tap and Die Jig
This is the first project i have made on my new lathe . It is a easy way to Use a die to make threads or chase them to clean them up.
Step 1: My New Lathe and Mill
The first picture is my new precision matthews 12 x 36 metal lathe and the 2nd picture is my new precision matthews pm30mv mil
Step 2: Tap and Die Plans
Here are the detailed plans for the project.
Step 3: Turning the Main Body of the Die Jig
Picture #1 shows the turning of the main body of the die jig to 1''
Picture # 2 shows drilling the body all the way thru with a 1/2 inch drill .I then bored the end to 13/16 x3/8 deep for the die to be inserted.
Step 4: Knurling
The first and second picture show the knurling process. It took a few times to get it right .
Step 5: Finished Main Body
1st picture shows the finished body and the metal stock i used .
2nd , 3rd and 4th picture shows the finished die assembly.
Step 6: Support Arms With Knobs Plan
Step 7: 3 Handles and Knobs
#2 Shows the knobs being polished
#3 and #4 show the finished die jig
video #1 shows the die jig in use chasing threads on the lathe
video #2 shows a ball turner i made making the knobs for the die jig