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fireguy

Plastic
Joined
Nov 14, 2006
Location
ajax ontario
Theres a very active thread on the Home shop machinist Forum on shop made tools.

Thought it might be a good idea to start one here.

The ingenuity of many out there is amazing. Lets see you show off your talents and help inspire others.

Cheers,
KJ
 

fireguy

Plastic
Joined
Nov 14, 2006
Location
ajax ontario
Here are a couple nice tools.

The first was posted by Mr Frank Ford. He makes some great tools.

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The slot cutter looks like a piece of mechine art, posted by Evan a senior member. Looks like it could be sitting in a museum.

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Ken Dennis

Aluminum
Joined
May 6, 2009
Location
Huntington, IN
I was just thinking along these lines yesterday.
On Weldingweb, there is a thread about basically this same thing called "home made tools", and I thought it would be interesting to see what some of the members here had come up with to appease some of their own wants or needs.
As they say "necessity is the mother of invention"

I'll see if I cant dig up a few of my own to post!

Ken.
 

DocsMachine

Titanium
Joined
Jan 8, 2005
Location
Southcentral, AK
One of the ones I posted in that thread was this indexible cutter:

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It holds three TPG-type triangular cutters, pointing straight out. With a bit of a careful touch-up to the tips with a diamond wheel- which incidentally lets me reuse dull inserts from the scrap can- it'll cut 60-degree splines:

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(That's just a test piece- the final part was in 4140.)

Doc.
 

JimGlass

Stainless
Joined
Jan 15, 2003
Location
Genoa, Illinois
This is not exactly a tool. Homemade drillpress. I use it for second operations that come off my CNC Bridgeport. I need to ream a 5/16 hole to size after the CNC mill roughs out the hole. This way I can run two machine at one time.

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Below is a turn/face/cuttoff in one tool. AXA size quick change tool. Tool was made for a special job that came along. It still comes in handy at times.

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Jim
 

joe m

Aluminum
Joined
Mar 18, 2007
Location
St Louis Mo
A while back I seen a neat retractable threading tool holder that fit on a quick change tool post. Was probably a home built part as I havent seen one in a catalog. Did any one see it or have a link to it.
Joe
 

bsg

Titanium
Joined
Jan 17, 2003
Location
Imlay City, Michigan
Not shop made but here's a picture of one that would be easy to copy, it's for a multifix tool post.
The wrench is not shown but attaches to the hex in the rear of the holder.
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Kevin.
 

John Welden

Diamond
Joined
Mar 21, 2009
Location
Seattle
Made 30 magnifying glasses and kept one for myself. The others were gifts.
Aluminum, brass, wood.

Made about 20 custom Olfa Knives for gifts.
Aluminum, fleece bag.
 

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Jon Bohlander

Stainless
Joined
Apr 22, 2003
Location
Topeka KS
I recently made my version of Lautard's Po' Boy Jig Boring Fixturing. Which is a way to accurately locate holes with just a drill press.

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There is more of a write-up on it and some more projects of mine at

MY BLOG

I would urge others to use the blog feature. It's a easy way to do your own version of Mr Fords website. Unfortunately it's underused and under viewed.
 

gbent

Diamond
Joined
Mar 14, 2005
Location
Kansas
Here are a couple of my shop built tools. The lathe holder is for a Aloris CXA, and will hold round from 1/4 to 1 1/2". With the horizontal vee its always on center, regardless of shank size. The vise grips with the movable rods are mounted on Wilton PowrArm Juniors. They work good with tig or silver solder repairs.
 

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A_Pmech

Stainless
Joined
Dec 27, 2004
Location
Central IL, USA
"The Hammer"

I made the first one as a protest against Snap-On tools offshoring some of their hammer production to China. To date I have sold 30 of them to other mechanics and machinists. It is an interchangeable face machinist's hammer which also includes a long nylon face for installing pistons.

It is made from 7075-T6 and 4130. The handle is shrink-fit into the head in Liquid Nitrogen and gun-drilled to lighten the handle and improve balance. ALL materials are of US origin, which has proven quite a challenge to obtain.

I've been using the prototype every day in the shop. It sure beats the old NAPA and Craftsman hammers I was using!

:)

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Chopshopchopper

Plastic
Joined
Jul 10, 2009
Location
Parma, Ohio
"The Hammer"

I made the first one as a protest against Snap-On tools offshoring some of their hammer production to China. To date I have sold 30 of them to other mechanics and machinists. It is an interchangeable face machinist's hammer which also includes a long nylon face for installing pistons.

It is made from 7075-T6 and 4130. The handle is shrink-fit into the head in Liquid Nitrogen and gun-drilled to lighten the handle and improve balance. ALL materials are of US origin, which has proven quite a challenge to obtain.

I've been using the prototype every day in the shop. It sure beats the old NAPA and Craftsman hammers I was using!

:)

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I like that hammer, looks great...:D
 

fireguy

Plastic
Joined
Nov 14, 2006
Location
ajax ontario
Are we allowed to ask about pricing of items made here?

Some members might like one of the hammers. I have a crappy one I use foe the mill, the one thing I like about it is a ring I put on the end of the handle so I hang it off the mill.

Never walks around the shop that way.

Nice pics members, keep up the good work!
 

bosleyjr

Diamond
Joined
Sep 30, 2006
Location
SE PA, Philly
It strikes me that one reason some tools in the US are going South (or East, as it were) are that that bean counters don't really take into account when buying a tool like a hammer is efficiency and pride of craftsmanship. Some tools are way more efficient than other. An electropolished Armstrong or S&K Superchrome wrench is nicer to use, and I am less likely to slip and screw up or hurt myself with that superior tool than I would be with a Craftsman. I am more efficient.

The pride of craftsmanship thing is another factor. I'd be embarrassed to to a poor job while using a hammer that pretty!

The bean counter just says "its a hammer, and I'm going low bid".

Of course, there's the real reason we like nice tools: addiction. Finding a great buy on a set of tools at a garage sale or on eBay makes us sound like Cheech and Chong:
"Hey man, check out the tools I scored".
"Wow, man. Far out! Is that a real Armaloy set?"
"Yeah, man. It' s the good stuff. From back in the 70's, man."
"Wow man. So, like, you gonna keep all this stuff, or are you selling some of your stash?"

The hammers are very nicely done.

And so forth.

J
 

Baxtool

Aluminum
Joined
Oct 17, 2008
Location
Friendsville, TN
I couldn't find a set of Mortise Chisels with all the features I wanted, so I made my own.

I've started on a set of firmer chisels as well. The smaller one at the bottom, a 3/8", was the first of the set. I've also finished a 1/2", so just a few more to go.

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Glenn Wegman

Hot Rolled
Joined
Jan 6, 2007
Location
Florida
I recently made this V-Block from A-2 tools steel for a specific purpose. It is 1" X 1 1/4" and is heat treated to 60RC. The scrw to secure the wirk is temporary, as I will make one with a brass tip.

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PixMan

Diamond
Joined
Jan 30, 2007
Location
Central MA USA
Glenn, I just love the finish you got on that V-block! I've been looking for info on how to achieve that with a thread I started in the "Abrasive Machining" section. Could you respond there with how you did it?

Thank you!

Never mind. I found your information elsewhere. It was done dry with an 80G balanced wheel. I hope to be getting similar results soon.
 
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