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applescotty
05-09-2006, 01:48 PM
Gents,
I don't have many nifty projects to show like some of the recent posts, but I'll submit my lathe center height gauge for my minilathe for your comments. I used an engine valve for the base/stem, and just turned the collar to go on it. Note that there's a second collar sitting on top of the first. The top collar was the first one I made, and I rushed through drilling the hole for the setscrew, and managed to snap off the tip of a center drill in it. So, I keep it on there to remind me to slow down and do things right so that I don't have to do them over. :)
Sometime I'd like to add an arm to the collar, so that it would be easier to measure the height of the lathe tool, but this works for now.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/applescotty/tools/center_height_gauge.jpg

applescotty

Ausserdog
05-09-2006, 02:39 PM
That's a cool simple way to build one. Now I know what to do with the 'spare' valves kicking around the shop. Thanks for the great idea.

Schutzhund
05-09-2006, 02:42 PM
Slick idea applescotty. Thanks for sharing that.

IOWOLF
05-09-2006, 06:42 PM
This is what you need for those broken center drills. Drill around the nose and it is saved.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/iowolf/SANY0200.jpg

big-dipper
05-10-2006, 12:23 AM
best to use a center drill for making a lathe center, and use a spot/spotting drill for drilled holes. You'll be much happier in the long run. ;)