View Full Version : Roundtoit #32,562 completed!(pics)

03-07-2005, 08:54 PM
I finally did it,built a tap stand for 6-32 and smaller taps.Been wanting to do this for a long time.

Post is 3/4" hard chrome rod,arm milled from 1 x 1-1/2" 6061.Tap holder is 1/2" hardchrome.

The base is just hot rolled I stress relieved.
I made this tap shank to fit all my taps from 6-32 down,the tap in the unit is a #1-72.

Just if anybody is wondering,yes that is a bar of soap in the pic,best lube I have found for the little taps.

03-07-2005, 09:03 PM

03-07-2005, 09:07 PM
That truly is a nice piece of work. Great going! Looks like fun.


03-07-2005, 09:09 PM
Excellent work.

Iv'e been wanting to make one too for the longest time.

03-07-2005, 09:09 PM
Is that a swagelok ferrul?


Jim Luck
03-07-2005, 09:09 PM
Hey, should'ent the clearance slot be a bit narrower and radiused -- just a thought. Otherwise, I would say it's a work of art, good going -----

03-07-2005, 09:11 PM
Really nice job, did you consider a light spring return for the spindle? Comes in handy after backing the tap out. Looks like Dove soap, is their any particular brand that works best?

03-07-2005, 09:24 PM
Nice work...

Rob http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

03-07-2005, 09:36 PM
Thanks guys!

Jim,yes it is large,but I plan on using a plastic slip plate on small parts. I also may make another tap holder for taps to 1/4-xx,you really can't see it in the picks,but the edges are broke.

Snowman,almost,it's a Yor-lok.Wanted something soft as the hard chrome has a soft center and I want the nut to wear.

Ed,I though about the spring,but I think it might be a lifting force and cause trouble on the 0-80 and smaller threads.I may gun drill the holder to lighten it up thou.

Soap? Any brand of white soap,Ivory,Jergens etc.
I do find the used bars that quit lathering work best thou.Plus me finding a use for throw aways makes Alistair feel proud http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-07-2005, 10:15 PM
What are you using for collets?


03-07-2005, 10:29 PM
Real nice looking and plenty useful too.

Is it just the photo angle or is the base plate blued, blackened, browned or colored in any way.

If so, yer process please? Always lookin for a new formula, ahhhh, chemicals.

03-07-2005, 10:34 PM
Looks great Darin, but I gotta ask, who gives you the USED soap? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Michael Az
03-07-2005, 10:37 PM
Nice work Wierd, way to go, looks great!

03-07-2005, 10:47 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Joel:
Looks great Darin, but I gotta ask, who gives you the USED soap? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif </font>

Same guy you get yours from http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Snowman,no collet,I threaded the holder 3/8-24 then turned a chamfer to match the nut on the end.Drilled and reamed the hole to fit the .1406" Tap shank and milled a 7/64 slot through one side at the top(it's actually the rectangular thingy just over the nut)to fit the square drive on the tap.Then I just used a .015" slitting saw to put two splits through opposite sides,The result,stick the tap in and snug it with a wrench.

Jrouche,no finish,the hot rolled was in the form of a 4x1/2" flatbar,it had a nice radius edge on it so I left it.The blue you see is just the ground finish on the top.I put a fine dress on the wheel and then borrowed the Dave Opincarne sharpening system http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif to even the finish.(320 grit wet dry on float glass+a little WD for lube)

03-07-2005, 10:49 PM
Nice job!
Some of you guys have so much gumption, it makes me sick. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I'm still working on the Kenbota!

03-07-2005, 10:55 PM
Darin, thats to pretty to use. I think the sales department has had some slack time. Customers must have stopped comming in every 5 seconds.


G.A. Ewen
03-07-2005, 11:03 PM
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//cool.gif Just beautiful!!!!!!

Jim Luck
03-07-2005, 11:18 PM
wierdscience - by radius I meant the length of the slot could be on a arc. That way if you moved the head out of alignment the tap would still end up in the slot, and it would look impressive. PS: IT IS BEAUTIFULL MAN, A TRUE WORK OF ART !!!! ---

03-07-2005, 11:26 PM
Jim,ahh..I understand,just a stupid camera angle,the slot IS on a radius http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Pretty shiney ahhh...what a life http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif If it just had arms and said things like"oh,let me get you a drink and the channel changer" http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Ya,Joe,it represents 2 hours worth of slack time broken up in 120,000,000 millisecond intervals http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-08-2005, 12:36 AM
Weird, you been holding back on us. Ever think about writing that up for HSM???

Jim Luck
03-08-2005, 02:03 AM
wierdscience, you sure are eating up the attention, are you not!. I looked real close at the photo, I do think I see that slot on a radius. I am proud of you, damn, were a talented lot!!!. Someday when I learn how to do the computor camera thing, I will submit some fine work myself. Bask in the glory as long as you can, my man!!! ---

03-08-2005, 05:30 AM
Nice piece of work,My complements.

03-08-2005, 07:22 AM
I got several things I want to write up for HSM and MW,unfortunately I can't take pictures to save my life!

Got to find time to work on that next.

03-08-2005, 08:06 PM
This is just brilliant.Looks pretty enough to go in the lounge as well.Thank you for the pictures.
How did you stress relieve the base plate? Did you use heat or violence;ie hammering?
thank you again for a really good post,

03-08-2005, 09:17 PM
I had a twenty foot tall stack of pallets to burn,so I stress relieved a bunch of things.

Charcoal is my favorite for small things thou.