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A center finder for small collets with adjustable spring

CENTER FINDER FOR SMALL COLLETS
A center finder for 6mm collets with adjustable spring.

Milling tool height probe with cooper plate plus battery powered led

MILLING TOOL HEIGHT PROBE
Can be used for cnc or with a led and a power source.


Lathe steady rest mods

STEADY REST
Ball bearings mod and a clamping plate with a quick-lock lever.

Mini-lathe apron mods

APRON MODS
A new halfnuts lever, a new gears shaft and a disengageable apron handwheel.


Mini-lathe cross slide extension and thrust bearing

CROSS SLIDE EXTENSION
With thrust bearing and lock-nut.

Shop made QCTP for the mini-lathe

NORMAN PATENT TOOLHOLDER
A QCTP design from 1925.


Shop made center finder for the lathe

CENTER FINDER
A spring center for use as center finder and for taping.

Mini-lathe spindle nuts wrench

SPINDLE NUTS WRENCH
A set of two spindle nuts wrenches, made on the lathe.


Bandsaw blade guides mod

BLADE GUIDES
Bandsaw blade guides milled, drilled and taped for fine adjustment screws.

Shop made spindle cleaning tool

SPINDLE CLEANING TOOL
Easy to make and very useful for when using MT3 tooling on spindle.


Parting toolholder with back rake angle

PARTING TOOLHOLDER
With back rake angle.

Mini-lathe carriage lock

CARRIAGE LOCK
Choosing where to do it.


Mini-lathe leadscrew handwheel

LEADSCREW HANDWHEEL
With 60 divisions dial and a disengageable handwheel.

Mini-lathe headstock mods

HEADSTOCK MODS
A 100mm spindle plus a new gears lever on the front.


MACHINISTS PROJECTS

Home Shop Machinists projects

Marty Nissen - A Project Lathe

MILLING PROJECTS

Milling machine mods and tooling

Making a milling tool height probe

BANDSAW MODS

Metal bandsaw mods

Improving bandsaw blade guides alignment