Lathe Tool From Scrap Metal

by | Jan 30, 2022 | DIY, Wood Work

Introduction

The chunk key or the lathe tool has been used for many years. You will find this tool at any mechanical shop, and you might also require it. So, in today’s article, we will learn how to make a lathe tool from scrap metal.

Supplies

In the next section of the article, let us go through the list of supplies that are required to make a lathe tool from the scrap. They are as follows:

Materials

  • Scrap Metals
  • Screws

Tools

  • Machifit 5C Collet Block Set
  • 5C Type Spring Collets
  • Lathe Cutters
  • Mill Cutters
  • Emery Cloth
  • Threading Taps

Steps To Make A Lathe Tool From Scrap Metal

Step 1:  The first step is to take a skinny steel piece that will be used for the crossbar

Collecting the Steel Piece

Collecting the Steel Piece

Step 2: The second step is to use the AutoCAD tool and draw a CAD model of the Lathe Tool

Designing on AutoCAD

Designing on AutoCAD

Step 3: Once you complete the design, take the printout of the design.

Printing the Design

Printing the Design

Step 4: The next step is to lock the steel piece into the machine and drill the center taper.

Locking the Steel Piece

Locking the Steel Piece

Step 5: Now, you must start cutting the iron piece into three diameters.

Cutting the Piece

Cutting the Piece

Step 6: In this step, use the emery cloth and shine the surfaces.

Shining the Surfaces

Shining the Surfaces

Step 7: After shining the metal surface, measure it once according to the design.

Measuring the Metal Surface

Measuring the Metal Surface

Step 8: Now, turn the steel piece and cut the large taper.

Cutting the Large Taper

Cutting the Large Taper

Step 9: After cutting the other end, shine it.

Shining the Metal Surface

Shining the Metal Surface

Step 10: Now, make a small pilot hole inside the steel.

Making a Small Pilot

Making a Small Pilot

Step 11: Now, use the tailstock and make a hole.

Making a Hole

Making a Hole

Step 12: Once the hole is prepared, insert the thread inside it.

Inserting the Thread

Inserting the Thread

Step 13: The next step is to collect and arrange the collet blocks.

Arranging Collet Blocks

Arranging Collet Blocks

Step 14: The next step is to adjust the middle diameter of the new tools and shank it to half so that it would fit into collet-sized 0.500.

Adjusting the Diameter

Adjusting the Diameter

Step 15: Place the block inside the Mill-Vies to find the edges. You can perform some test cuts to check.

Adjusting the Edges

Adjusting the Edges

Step 16: Now, swap the end part in the collet, and thus, you will be able to drill and chamfer through-hole for the 5/16 crossbar.

Drilling and Chamfering

Drilling and Chamfering

Step 17: Use the Ball-Turner to flat the ends of the crossbar.

Using the Ball-Tuner

Using the Ball-Tuner

Step 18: Now, place the screwdriver in the middle of the rod.

Placing the Screw Driver

Placing the Screw Driver

Step 19: The next step is to test the tool.

Testing the Tool

Testing the Tool

Step 20: The last step is to clean and polish the lathe tool.

Lathe Tool

Lathe Tool

Things To Remember

  • Make sure you remove the additional rust before drilling it.

 

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