View Full Version : Oversized tool holders - What to do?

09-21-2011, 11:39 AM
I picked up some oversized tool holders that are too wide to fit in my South Bend lantern tool post. I also have a bunch of cutters that fit them, so I'd like to be able to use them if it's reasonable.

Had a couple of ideas of how to best deal with them.

- Mill them down on the sides so they're narrow enough to fit into the tool post.
- Fabricate a wider lantern style post.
- Sell them and just buy some smaller ones.

One is a knurling tool and one's a boring bar holder, so they'll definitely be useful.


09-21-2011, 12:06 PM
Yeah, Id just "adjust" them. As long as they aren't so large to get in the way. The extra bulk even after milling off the offending metal could be a plus.. JR

mike os
09-21-2011, 12:06 PM
they are likely to be very hard

09-21-2011, 12:16 PM
As stated the metal will be hard and you will need to grind them to size or use a carbide in the mill.
I would go with machining a larger tool holder to fit your lathe.

09-21-2011, 12:26 PM
they are likely to be very hard

Hmmm... hadn't thought about that. Perhaps fabbing up a larger tool post would be the way to go. I have some spare tool post parts that I could use as a starting point... got the washer and bottom plate, so I'd just need the post itself.

09-21-2011, 12:52 PM
Have you checked that the tool holders come in equal to or under the lathe spindle centre height.


Forrest Addy
09-21-2011, 01:48 PM
Trade them. Has to be someone with a larger lathe and too few tool holders.

09-21-2011, 02:35 PM
Weld a bit of square bar onto the side.

09-21-2011, 02:37 PM
I had the exact same issue. Whole box of #1 toolholders, but needed more #0 for my 9A and shaper.
Listed them on PM, sold a few, traded the rest. Now I have a full set of all available #0 toolholders, plus some extras for the shaper.

But..... The best answer is still an AXA QCTP.

The Artful Bodger
09-21-2011, 04:42 PM
I have a few tool holders that have been milled down so they cant be that hard.

09-21-2011, 06:06 PM
Good excuse to build a tool post and holders.

09-21-2011, 07:04 PM
Get rid of the lantern and get a QCTP.

The Artful Bodger
09-21-2011, 07:37 PM
Dont be a girl's blouse, grab your angle grinder and make those holders fit.

09-21-2011, 11:22 PM
not knowing any better, i milled some armstrong #2s that were beat up pretty bad to fit a 13" leblond. i think the only endmills i had at the time were carbide resharps from e-bay. easy job for my rong-fu mill.

09-22-2011, 12:53 AM
Rex is right, put that crap on e bay or the junk pile and get a tool post.

09-22-2011, 08:56 AM
I built my own QCTP with my little atlas lathe and in fact just yesterday I built 2 more tool holders for it. I am up to 6 tool holders now including one boring bar holder.

If you do get or make a QCTP and holders hold on to your old lantern stuff just in case. A few weeks ago I had to break out the lantern stuff to do some knurling on a part.

09-22-2011, 09:11 AM
Dont be a girl's blouse, .

what does that refer to ? ? ?

09-22-2011, 10:05 AM
Soft, Warm, And cuddley!!

(And sometimes, full of surprises.):rolleyes:

Lew Hartswick
09-22-2011, 10:29 AM
:-) Buy a bigger lathe. :-)

09-22-2011, 01:06 PM
Dont be a girl's blouse, grab your angle grinder and make those holders fit.

Sweet as!