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Plastic
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Hi everyone,

I am currently setting up my lathe facility for a small business, but I hope to grow faster soon. I am working on budgeting the measuring tools I will require, and I have seen many people recommend buying gauge blocks.

Would you say they must be a priority in my workshop, or should I only buy them if I have the money? (I am planning to apply GD&T in my measurements, so I believe they are quite important.)

Would you prefer to spend your money on something else, such as a better caliper, dial, or datum simulator?
 
what is a "datum simulator"? Are you talking about a granite?
For someone who's name is cncexpert, I'd expect them to know if gage blocks are necessary or not lol.
And if you're checking your parts with calipers, then gage blocks probably aren't needed.

Can anyone say.. AI generated question?
 
what is a "datum simulator"? Are you talking about a granite?
For someone who's name is cncexpert, I'd expect them to know if gage blocks are necessary or not lol.
And if you're checking your parts with calipers, then gage blocks probably aren't needed.

Can anyone say.. AI generated question?
It says NextGen... And I'm assuming 97 is the birth year....
 
For work to .001:
A half thousandth caliper for ID and OD size, and not too bad for depth.
An indicator and holder to check part run out and set parts in a 4 jaw.
Set of thread wires
1 to 4" micrometer, and a way to check them
Some way to measure a long part length to + - .010"..
Some HSS bits and a bench grinder for odd-ball shapes tool bits
A norbide stick to dress bench grinder wheel to an odd shape for a tool bit..
A jewlers loupe to pick up a thread.
A vise and a mill arbor to cut a key way with the lathe.
A boring bar .
a sine cosine calculator
a thread infeed chart.
A tap drill chart Imperial and Metric
a 123 block to check a taper. (taper per inch)
Set of jobber drills, and perhaps a number drill set.
Bed cover towel (for any sanding)
Lathe dogs for between centers parts.
Some scrap round stock (for making in chuck stub mandrels).
Wire size formula in your note book.
small hone to hone a thread OD before last pass.
Couple size center dtills.
Away to mount a dial indicator in a bed stop travel place.
Still:
Most basic lathe work often needs an angle to be made so a gauge block set and a precision plate and a sine bar may be needed..yes using the compound for a short angle..

Recomended add ons
6" scale
yoyo.
A sharpie and a scriber.
wheeled tool box.
can of oil and a rag.
Thread pitch gauge (inperials & metric)
Fish gauge ( this is also used as a gauge to make a chuck held center)
Parting blade holder
knerling tool.
 
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Tolerances are unknown.
Everyone should have at least one 81 piece block set even if questionable or the low cost guys.
Gonna do rounds?
Etalon indicator mics but they are expensive. Others of the same ilk at lower price. Not the same but good.
If you can measure it you can make it.
The rule is 10 to 1. There is a real reason for that.
 
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For work to .001:
A half thousandth caliper for ID and OD size, and not too bad for depth.
An indicator and holder to check part run out and set parts in a 4 jaw.
Set of thread wires
1 to 4" micrometer, and a way to check them
Some way to measure a long part length to + - .010"..
Some HSS bits and a bench grinder for odd-ball shapes tool bits
A norbide stick to dress bench grinder wheel to an odd shape for a tool bit..
A jewlers loupe to pick up a thread.
A vise and a mill arbor to cut a key way.
A boring bar .
a sine cosine calculator
a therad infeed chart.
A tap drill chart Imperial and Metric
a 123 block to check a tape. (taper per inch)
Set of jobber drills, and perhaps a number drill set.
Bed cover towel (for any sanding)
Lathe dogs for between centers parts.
Some scrap round stock (for making in chuck stub mandrels).
Wire size formula in your note book.
small hone to hone a thread OD before last pass.
Couple size center dtills.
Away to mount a dial indicator in a bed stop travel plce.
still:
Most basic lathe work often needs an angle to be made so a gauge block set and a precision plate and a sine bar may be needed..yes using the compound for a short angle..

You forgot the 6 inch scale and a tape measure.
 
Do you have a picture? I don't think I've ever seen a hone that would be appropriate for that.
I think it's on aisle 13 with the datum simulators :)

I'm hoping mbuck just meant a little hone to hit the tops of internal threads ... I've never done that but might be reasonable.

Otherwise, buck ... holiday sauce is good for the goose but you ain't got wings :D
 








 
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