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EZ-Build engine and Bick's "Contrary Finishing Tool"
August 25, 2011
9:02 AM
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I read that article on the Contrary Finishing Tool as well.  I ground up some 1/2″ CRS as practice to use on plastics.  I haven't tried this type of tool yet, but will let you know how it works when ground on CRS.

January 9, 2011
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We didn't have our granddaughter this weekend so I did a lot of writing for MachinistBlog and spent a good amount of time in my workshop.  I continued to work on my HMEM EZ-Build engine but my progress has come to a halt.  I need to ream the 1/2-inch diameter cylinder and my mini-mill has no where near enough height for my reamer. I decided the best solution was to shorten it, but it's a high-quality American-made one.  So I'm going to order an $8 import from Enco and shorten it instead.  I have to order some other things anyway and I just got the promo code for free shipping on a $25 order

BTW, for awhile now Enco's been sending the free shipping codes for $25 orders to my Gmail address and the $99 ones to my Yahoo one.  I'm thinking that I've taken advantage of the $25 code too many times with the Yahoo address and they're trying to discourage that.  Frown

So, while I'm waiting I decided to make the “Contrary Finishing Tool” that Bob Bickerson wrote a nice article about that shows how to make one.  It's a lathe bit that is suppose to give you a very fine finish, something I need for the auto probe I'm making (again) for my CNC mill.  I need to make the end of the probe a very precise diameter with a nice finish and I thought I'd give the contrary finish tool a try, which I've been meaning to do for at least a year.  I can get a really good finish with carbide inserts on my 7×12 lathe, but I'm not having as much success (yet) with my new 8×12 lathe. 

My back up plan is to try my hand at tool post grinding.  I just bought a suitable grinder I can mount on my tool post.

Anyways, I made Bick's tool and it was easy.  I tested it on some drill rod and it seems to work great. You can take off very fine shavings and get a very nice finish.  Only I wish I'd used a 1/2-inch blank instead of a 5/16-inch one for the 7×12.  I used the smaller one because it wouldn't take as long to grind and I wouldn't have as much time invested if I screwed it up.  It's not a big deal.  I need more practice grinding HSS tool bits.

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