Plans, projects and how-to's for home machinists

Art Dick, Machinist

I really liked the video about Neil Youngberg that I posted a little while ago and I think many of you did too.  This one about Art Dick is similar because it shows another craftsman doing his job and it also has beautiful cinematography.  You almost can’t tell that it’s a commercial.  I recommend watching it full-screen in 720p HD if you can.

Video: Making a tailstock dial indicator stop

This short video shows you how to make a dial indicator stop for a Grizzly G0602 lathe that can be easily adapted to other lathes.  The stop is used with a magnetically mounted dial indicator to very accurately measure depth when drilling or boring.

You may find this video worth watching even if you don’t want to make a stop because it shows some unconventional ways you can use a lathe to do milling.

By the way, there is an easier way to make one.  You could just bore a hole in piece of metal to fit your quill and then add a setscrew to hold it in place.  But the setscrew will probably leave marks.  This stop is a little harder to make but it won’t do that because it clamps evenly around the quill’s circumference.

Neil Youngberg “PROFESSIONal”

I’m not going to try to describe what this video is about except to say you may enjoy it if you like working with metal or tools.  I recommend watching it in full-screen if you can.  The cinematography is beautiful.

Video: Centering a 4-jaw chuck

This is probably the best video I’ve ever seen showing how to center a piece of round stock in a 4-jaw lathe chuck.  I am wondering about one thing though.  Some of the commenters on YouTube refer to centering the chuck the “normal” way.  Well, what is the “normal” way?  This is pretty much the way I do it, although I still haven’t gotten around to making a second chuck key yet.

Random Quote

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

— Sydney J. Harris