How to Make a Quick-Change Lathe Tool Post
It is more convenient if you make your own lathe tool post rather than buy one. Making one makes you customize your lathe post and you can add more features if you want. Nevertheless, making one makes you save more money rather than going to the store. With this, you can simplify the design and put only the features that you need.
Step 1 - Prepare a Blueprint
Since you’ll make your own lathe tool post, you need to first make a draft or a blueprint on what you will do. It would be best if you make a sketch first, and then edit this later on. What you need first is to get a thick wooden plank, since this will serve as your base. If you plan to make a stand, you will need some extra wood. Make sure the wood is thick and stable to handle the machine. Know first what you need and finalize your blueprint.
Step 2 – Make the Base
Since the machine is made of steel, the first thing you need to do is to make tool holders. This will hold the machine. Measure the area and the perimeter of your machine. Make sure which areas will be used as tool holders. Using your handheld electric drill, drill the hole; make sure that the holes are deep enough to hold the machine yet at the same time stable inside the wooden plank.
Step 3 – Secure the Tool
Using the face or the chuck side as a basis, position the tool on the base. You don’t really need to be particular with the positioning of your lathe tool post. What is important is that you make sure the tool is secured on the base. Using screws or nails; carefully align the machine to the holes. Get the screwdriver or your hammer and attach the machine to the plank.
Step 4 – Perform Knurling
Knurling is a mechanical process wherein you create crisscross pattern on a surface. Although this is used for aesthetic purposes, the main purpose of this pattern is to provide grip and support for the hand while the machine is in motion. This makes you have a good grip of the machine.
In this case you will need to make knurls to give you a stable grip of the machine. You will need a hand-held knurling tool to make this possible. The knurling need not to be perfect, especially if it’s your first time to do this; what matters here is you make a pattern that will provide grip.
Step 5 - Assemble
As soon as you secured the base of the machine onto the base, it’s time to assemble it. Use your screwdriver to assemble the parts bit by bit. Some would put another plank of wood as a bigger holder of the machine; your work process would rely much on your design.