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Tailstock mounted die holder advice.
Mar 19th, 2017 at 7:27am
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My sons using my lathe to make fountain pens.  From scratch using Ebonite. He's threading for the Pens Nib and screw on cap. Very small.  Tap is easy run the live center up to index the tap wrench.

Die he's hand holding in a Die stock. Be better to support it true.  On EBay lot of tailstock die holders, going to need several sizes. Also see some that have a clutch. Seems to me hand turned clutch not needed all it has to do is hold the die and be true.  Also better to have one # 2 M/T, although if it straight shanked it could be drill press mounted too, mount it in a chuck if on the lathe.

Never used one general comments or advice appreciated.

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Reply #1 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 8:27am
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Quick and dirty as my old machinist friend would say.   Made up a sleeve that slid on the o.d. of the Tailstock Ram.  Make it long enough and you can counter bore each end for a different size die.  Hand grip is plenty for small threads.  Happy threading!
  
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Reply #2 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 9:02am
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Now that's a good tip !

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Reply #3 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 12:16pm
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Here is a pic stolen off ebay. Darn good idea.
  
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Reply #4 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 1:22pm
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Boats do a search on You Tube they show several styles being made as projects.

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Reply #5 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 5:34pm
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Boats,
They're easy to make up yourself.
Here's mine. One end holds the 1" OD split dies, the other holds the smaller 13/16" OD split dies.
  

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Reply #6 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 6:25pm
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Good ideas all along the same lines. I am making up a model now out of hardwood. Get everything right will make him a permanent holder.

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Reply #7 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 6:51pm
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You are very welcome Boats and the simpler the design the better and the less worked involved to achieve the same results just don't tend to try and over think the simplicity of it all. When you are done and if time allows I would truly enjoy seeing what you end up coming up with.

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Reply #8 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 8:17pm
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J Louis,
How about contributing by posting a picture of yours?
Since it sounds like Boats is still in the design stage, he still has time to incorporate any of the good ideas you already built into your own design.
  

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Reply #9 - Mar 20th, 2017 at 6:40am
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I found a blank arbor with a 2MT taper already cut at a place called Lathe City from North Dakota. It was around $15.00. I built the die holder to hold 1" round dies and it is a slip fit on the blank end. I turn it by hand with a tommy bar.They are very helpful accessories. I also made an adapter ring to accept 13/16" dies.

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Reply #10 - Mar 20th, 2017 at 1:12pm
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Here's mine -- very similar to the others -- 4X 1/2" holes for a  1/2" X 5" handle. A little added leverage for those bigger dies. Turn the compound parallel to the bed and rest the handle on the compound to run it under (slow) power.
  
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Reply #11 - Mar 20th, 2017 at 8:01pm
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I have the setup shown by SBoomer. It is good and works well. I currently use it where I work in a Hardinge Toolroom Lathe mostly for power Tapping small thread sizes. The benefit to me is the Tap is on center and in Line and I just hold the Knurled slider and when I feel I am close to bottoming if it's a blind hole I just let it go and stop the Lathe Spindle and hand turn it till I feel it bottom. The system also has a Holder Slider for Die Sets, Two Sizes, 13/16" and 1.0" I think, have not needed them as we Single Point Thread Male threads to Ring Gages. HTH regards, FITZ-G Smiley
  
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