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Shop-made collets for turning tools

12-05-2020 03:17 AM by TheDane | 8 comments »

You can use ordinary brass plumbing fittings to make your own collets for tool handles. The advantage of using this type of collet is that there are no set screws to damage the shanks on your tool shafts. I use these with Thompson Lathe Tools … unhandled tools from other toolmakers may work as well, I just have not tested them. I found the parts needed in the plumbing department at a local farm & home supply. Some stores have similar fittings, but the ones I found are ‘lead free’ and have a different sleeve … I couldn’t make them work. (For 5/8” tool shaft)5/8” Compression x 1/2” FIP adapterPipe nipple: 1/2” x 1-1/2” (For 1/2” tool shaft)1/2” Compression x 3/8” FIP adapter...

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