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Paul Alciatore's "Quick-Change Tool Post"

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  • Paul Alciatore's "Quick-Change Tool Post"

    E. Paul Alciatore III,one of our members here, has a very well written article in this months Machinist's Workshop(February/March 2010 Volume 23 Number 1). The article is entitled "Quick-Change Tool Post. If anyone is interested in making one and/or need ideas take a look at his!

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    Tool post

    I just made a tool post with a straight turn instead of the D shape as his. It works real good. No need for the triangular shaped tool holders mine are square and can have tools sticking out of 3 sides. I didn't incorpurate a height adjustment in the holders , but all I have to do is drill and tap for an adjustment screw. I made mine for a 3/8 tool and I use 1/4 tools with a 1/8 shim under them. I got the plans off this site somewhere? All made on my 9" South Bend. Boot


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      I enjoyed your article and I like your design Paul. I think I may take a swing at making one. Thanks for sharing your idea.



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        Glad to hear you like it and are trying it. If you have any questions or problems, I am here. Please do let me know how it turns out.


        A round post would surely work and others have done this. But it does not provide the re-indexing that the D shape does. With that plus the height adjustment screw, you get repeatable positioning well within a thousanth when you remove and replace the holder.

        I have also used 1/4" tools in mine and the adjustment screw eliminates the need for shims.
        Last edited by Paul Alciatore; 03-16-2010, 09:57 AM.
        Paul A.
        SE Texas

        Make it fit.
        You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!