Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Crossdrilling block for lathe

black85vette posted on the HMEM board about his build of a crossdrilling block for the lathe:

Saw it in this post:


Thought it was such a cool but simple tool that I just had to have one. So here is mine. Used some 2" square aluminum stock and then faced it on the lathe on 3 sides (left the other 3 alone). Mounted it on the compound in place of the tool post and made a groove in it with a 90 degree drill mill. Nice thing is that it is centered on the spindle without any effort. Then drilled 4 holes to use to clamp the round stock in the jig. I went with bolts rather than studs so I can work closer to the collet. So there it is; dirt simple but very useful.

Full credit to Foozer for the great idea.

In one of the posts, the following YouTube video was posted: