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    Default A Versatile Dividing Head

    I've always admired George Thomas' Versatile Dividing Head (VDH) and since Gary Martin at Martin Models has started offering castings for the project, as well as the corresponding book, Workshop Techniques, I decided to take on the task. In the process, I have come to quite admire Mr. Thomas and his brilliantly conceived and executed projects. They are also incredibly well documented for construction.

    While I'm sure my rendition is nothing special in comparison to the many VDHs made over the years, I share my effort here, if for no other reason than to combat another "OT" thread! The unit is pictured with an ER-32 collet chuck installed. I made my own gears based on project notes with a little help from Ivan Law's great book, Gears and Gear Cutting. I've yet to complete the tailstock (a casting is also available from Martin Models).

    Fred



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    A beautiful piece of work Fred

    Tim

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    Very much so!!

    Beautifully rendered - a great tool and show-piece too!

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    The castings are great - I'd just buy the castings and make the rest up as I go along, for the challenge. What's that paint called that makes that effect when it dries? See how it alternates in gray and dark-gray shades, and looks like it's two different liquids separating from one another?

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    What's that paint called that makes that effect when it dries?
    Rustoleum Hammered (purchased at Home Depot)

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    Beutifull Job.

    Did you purcase a ER spindle or just the nut?

    Goerges books are a great read, he was a profesional tool make i believe and it shows in his attention to detail.

    Steve Larner

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    Pherdie,
    Very nice job on a complicated project. I'd agree 100% about George's books and the way he writes up a project. Mcgyvers cut knurling tool is written just as well too. It's a rare person that has the experience, tooling, and the ability to write projects up as those two authors do.

    Pete

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    Did you purc(h)ase a ER spindle or just the nut?
    The spindle has a straight 3/4" thru hole. per design specs. Shown inserted is a purchased ER-32 collet chuck w/ an integral 3/4" straight shaft.

    Fred

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    That's really nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pherdie
    Rustoleum Hammered (purchased at Home Depot)
    A wrinkle finish paint would really set it off nicely.

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