Machinist Projects

4 Jaw Hold Down Clamps

Some hold down clamps which allow the 3.1" 4-jaw chuck to held securely on the rotary table. Details...

Tapping Block

A super simple project which greatly enhances the tapping experience. Details...

Thin Stock Spacer

A spacer for dealing with thin stock in the 3-jaw chuck. Details...

QCTP Base

A base to allow better positioning of a QTP (Quick Change Tool Post). Details...

Fly Cutting Clamps

A set of clamps which allow larger pieces of material to be clamped for fly cutting. Details...

Machinist Jack

A set of four machinist jacks, used to support pieces that don't fit in the vise, or which have an irregular underside. Details...

Brass Mallet

A simple brass mallet, or tapping hammer. Details...

Setup Tool

A setup tool to help squaring up the vise. Details...

Brass Screws for Louise's Inkle Loom

My wife, Louise, likes weaving and quilting. Louise recently purchased an inkle loom, which is one of the simplest types of looms. The one Louise got has two sides, one of them removable. The screws that came with the loom require a screw driver to remove and tighten, so I thought it would be good to create some nice looking brass screws which would be tightened and loosened by hand. Details...

Box Stay

This was another project for my wife, Louise. Louise picked up an "antique" wooden box, which had a broken box stay. The box stay is what keeps the lid from opening too far. You can pick these up for about 38 cents, but I was looking forward to the challenge of making one.

I also came up with what I think is a nifty technique for aligning the rotary table. Details...

Making Round Things

Here's an example of making a half sphere without using a radius turning attachment. Details...

Drill Chuck Mount

A small mount which allows the drill chuck to be used for holding small parts. Details...

Gumstix Spacer

A spacer to keep the stack of gumstix boards from coming apart. Details...


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