View Full Version : made a new toy tap assistante

07-08-2007, 03:28 PM
i saw a pic on a lathe web site of a guy that made one so i thought id make one. but mines a bit differet then his mine will work on all small taps that have the center pin hole in the back right upto 5/8 and 9/16 taps due to the wide ness of my center point and angle it works so severl sizes of taps with out the need for a small tip and larger tip set up
also the tap assistante is spring loaded as well and its all made from stainless steel as well except for the back cover cap that seals in the spring and pin its made of plate steel....


07-08-2007, 05:48 PM

They used to sell those commercially. I bought mine from Ash Tool in Tampa back in the early 70's. I use it in the lathe and in the mill to do hand tapping of holes that need to be true and not crooked. In the late 90's I went looking to buy some for the shop I worked in and nobody knew what they were. I ended up making a couple for the shop. Mine is reversable, by unscrewing the tail end and reversing the plunger. One end is a point and the other is a cup like a center. Great little tool, sweet and simple.

07-08-2007, 06:09 PM
Bought my second one less than a year ago,After a lowlife Borrowed mine 5 or 6 years ago. I think it was 8 bucks.

07-08-2007, 07:07 PM
Yeah, I made a primitive one some time ago. And had planned to make nice one, someday... Then saw one in Enco sale flyer with reversible point/socket tip (for both style taps) at something under $10 I think. Anyway, that got rid of one project on my overly long and growing list... :D

07-08-2007, 07:31 PM
i guess ill have to make a tip for one that has a cup end on it ummmmm never thought of that but i did notice i have taps that cant use the point end that i did on this one