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1. Chuck key for Myford ML7 chuck
2. Internal Keyway cutter
3. Tailstock die holder 1
4. Tailstock die holder 2
5. Dipstick for Real Ale casks

 


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CHUCK KEY

↓ The Myford 4 Jaw chuck did not come with a chuck key, so I made a quick one in 30 minutes.
I found a square bar of the right size. I used silver solder to secure the handle.

 

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INTERNAL KEYWAY CUTTER

↓ I made this to cut internal square keyways in gears and pulleys. The horizontal bar quickly wore down and became a loose fit.
I have not bothered repairing it as I plan on using the shaping machine to cut internal keyways.

 

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TAILSTOCK DIE HOLDER 1

↓ The first homemade tailstock die holder.

 

This holder did not need any adjusting set screws, because it was made to fit my cheap metric tap and die set, and none of the dies in that set are of the split type.
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TAILSTOCK DIE HOLDER 2

↓ Here is my second homemade tailstock die holder.

I purchased a new split die, but it did not fit my existing tailstock die holder, which forced me to make another holder.

 

Click here to see a few manufacturing pictures

 

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DISPTICK FOR REAL ALE CASKS

↓ This is a dipstick I made. It is used to measure the contents in Real Ale casks.

I do a bit of stocktaking in pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars etc. Quite often I have to dip the Real Ale casks, and gauge how many gallons of ale are left in them.
Here is a brass dipstick I quickly made using the Myford ML7.
It is made from brass hexagon about 5mm across the flats.
It is 530mm (21 inches) long when assembled.
The brass hexagon has 6 surfaces, so it can measure up to 6 different types of cask (9 gallon laying down, 18 gallon laying down, 9 gallon standing up, 18 gallon standing up, etc).
It fits in a pencil case and is easy to carry around.

↓ The dipstick in use (staged). This cask is missing the top bung and lower tap.
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↓ The set.
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↓ The ends.
↓ The ends are marked 0 and X to aid assembly.
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The ends are drilled and tapped M3x0.5.
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↓ The gallon scale marks.
At the moment, the hexagon rod is marked on two sides, to measure 9 gallon and 18 gallon casks (laying down).
I made the marks using a junior hacksaw and dressed them off with a triangular file.
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