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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.
<p>Cool tool. ~:- }</p>
Awesome stuff.....how much was the lathe and mill any ways...? <br>
The lathe and mill are from precision Matthews . The lathe is a 12x36 and the mill is a pm 30. The lathe was 3,000 and the mill was 2,000
Awesome and inspiring. Wish I had a lathe too...
There are some nice sites and prices . www.littlemachineshop.com
I am limited to working on a folding bench in my back yard (though I get my shed back this year :D ) and am pretty broke. I've designed myself a miniature lathe based on the insides of a food processor but need the weather to improve before I can do any work on it - as to anything else, well, I can dream...
What is the 5/8&quot; dia x 5&quot; bar with the 3/8&quot; bore for? can you send me a photo???<br>&quot;If you look at the main picture you will see a drill chuck . The sleeved shaft goes on the drill chuck shaft and slides in the bored shaft for when your using a tap in the little chuck . If that makes sense if not i will try and explain it again&quot;<br>I&acute;m learnin english!!!!<br><br>thanks a lot, good job!!!<br><br>mauro
I'm so jealous right now. Where exactly did you buy your china made lathe?
Depends on the size . qualitymachinetools.com or a nice site for small lathes is littlemachineshop .com
Amazing, I use exactly the same model of lathe at school, how much did it set you back?<br><br>I personally don't like them, they seem to be quite inaccurate, but that might just be years of abuse! The best precision I can get seems to be about 0.2mm.
These lathes are china built . You have to keep that in mind when you are buying . The lathe and mill i bought together was 5,000 bucks.If it was American made it would have cost me 40,000. The y have there quirks at times but other than that there a really good machines ...
The lathe may be new to you, but it's obvious you are not new to lathes. This will be a great help with one of my To-Do projects. How about an instructable on the ball making tool<br>
I do have a instructable on the ball turner .Take a look at my page .Its the 1st one on my page... I went to boces in high school which is a vocational school. Other than that i learned what i know and still am learning from my father who helps me and reminds me what i didnt know and also what i have forgot !!
Nice project, I'm going to put it on my list of things to do. But first I'll have to make a custom ball turner. What is the 5/8&quot; dia x 5&quot; bar with the 3/8&quot; bore for? Is that for mounting your drill chuck?
That is for the tap Jig which i totally forgot to put pictures or in the instructable!!! (SSSHHHHHH) dont tell!! lol If you look at the main picture you will see a drill chuck . The sleeved shaft goes on the drill chuck shaft and slides in the bored shaft for when your using a tap in the little chuck . If that makes sense if not i will try and explain it again.. lol
I take it the material is aluminum? What tolerance did you use for the pieces? For the handle you have listed 1/2&quot; for the bore and 1/2&quot; for the bar? I guess it doesn't matter much as long as one slides smoothly into the other.
Wish I had a lathe :(
me too. I'm currently trying to make a tablet press for caffeinated candy and effervescent tablets, but I need to precision mill the stuff. oh well, I will soon be in a college of engineering where I'll have access to this kind of stuff.
You are my hero
Thanks but how come?
Nice work !<br><br>Pro tip: When knurling, start the knurls by hand, by barring the lathe with your chuck key. Once there are some marks from the knurls, the knurls will lock step, and you can turn on the spindle. <br><br>Run the process VERY very wet - otherwise the chips clog your nice new knurls. <br><br>An ultrasonic cleaner REALLY brings the details out of knurled work. <br><br>Steve
Nice :) I like the handles on the die stock, have you considered buying a MT blank and attaching the device to that?