View Full Version : Miniature faceplate/indexing table

08-21-2007, 04:46 PM
I occasionally need to mount a small part on a faceplate so I made a tiny one to fit into a 1" collet.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j234/mklotz/tools/FP1.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/mklotz/media/tools/FP1.jpg.html)

The T-slots were made with a 1/4" mill reground to look like a T-slot cutter. The T-nuts are 6-32. The back view,

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j234/mklotz/tools/FP2.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/mklotz/media/tools/FP2.jpg.html)
shows the spigot used to mount it in the collet. The spigot is removable

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j234/mklotz/tools/FP3.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/mklotz/media/tools/FP3.jpg.html)

and has a precision centering pin so that other fixtures can be fitted to it. (A sacrificial mounting plate is shown on the right.)

Finally, with the spigot removed, the faceplate fits into my vertical collet holder (described in an earlier post) to form an indexing table. The bushing shown fits into the table's central hole to reduce its diameter if working on parts smaller than 1/2" OD.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j234/mklotz/tools/FP4.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/mklotz/media/tools/FP4.jpg.html)

08-21-2007, 04:51 PM
Marv, again I'm impressed.

What kind of lathe do you have?

08-21-2007, 04:57 PM
Don't take this wrong Marv, but sometimes I don't like you very much. You make me feel so completely incompetent... :D

Nah, just kidding. I love seeing your stuff and it inspires me to do better by showing what is possible. Thank you for all your great posts!

08-21-2007, 05:00 PM
Marv, again I'm impressed.

What kind of lathe do you have?

I've got a 12 x 20(?) Enco. (Never made anything big enough to test the length number.) It was bought in the early 80's so I'm presuming it must be Taiwanese. It's more than adequate for a self-taught duffer like me. While I do have an early Unimat, almost all my work is done on the big lathe since the Unimat is more or less permanently fitted out as a high-speed drill press and milling machine.

08-21-2007, 05:04 PM
Thanks for replying.

I wondered if you had a Unimat, Sherline, or Taig. Of course, you can always make small stuff on a bigger lathe but not vice versa. :)

Again, very nice work. Thanks for sharing.

08-21-2007, 05:18 PM
Another great one done. :D

Frank Ford
08-21-2007, 05:28 PM
Oh, great! Now I have ANOTHER project to do right away. . .


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Alistair Hosie
08-21-2007, 05:37 PM
looking good Marv well done.Alistair

Jose Rivera
08-21-2007, 06:52 PM
CUTE !!!

Another person that puts another project in my "to-do" list.

Thanks for sharing.

Your Old Dog
08-21-2007, 08:26 PM
Nicely done.

So what the hell are you and Evan drinking? Projects seem to be non-stop from both shops :D

08-21-2007, 08:43 PM
wheres the post on how to build the rotary table ...very nice work .

all the best.mark

08-21-2007, 09:55 PM
nice work,,, very well executed, can we see the cutter you modified for the t slots?

08-21-2007, 10:11 PM
Just tonight I borrowed a 8" rotary table from my brother in law. I better make a fixture like that while I have it.

A little 36 hole indexing fixture with a little face plate that mounts vertical or horizontal would be great for model building. Fancy machinist would make a ring that has 10 pin holes to make it work like a vernier.

Index fixture 2.0 ;)

08-21-2007, 11:40 PM
Miniature items are just real neat, nice work Marv,

oil mac
08-22-2007, 11:10 AM
Really nice useful little item of shop plant Marv, Take 100% for effort, On a small milling machine folks dont realise what a useful work holding fixture something like that can be, Will have to make one for my 6" stroke travelling head shaper, and my hand powered bench planer
Thanks for an interesting and worthwhile contribution.:D

08-22-2007, 11:56 AM
Nicely done.

So what the hell are you and Evan drinking? Projects seem to be non-stop from both shops :D

Well, since I finished that cement mixer, we haven't been lacking for martinis :)

But, honestly, many of my projects are not recently completed. Rather, I'm just getting around to documenting them for our club webpage and it's easy to post a copy of what I've written here.