Pipe tap & die box #1: Starting up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-30-2020 03:58 PM 460 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok…regular Tap & Die box is done…but….there is a set of Pipe thread taps and a die that is feeling left out..

There are a few duplicates in there. Retired the worst of them, Kept the best of the 1/8” and the 1/4” taps. Rest are just singles….mainly from either ACE or Greenfield….The die is for 1/8” NPT.

Had some Poplar left over….and a bit of 1×4 Pine scrap…...Laid out all the parts….wanted to stair-step the taps. Needed a way to check the angle, to cut a few parts….

One piece of Pine was cut for along the tops of the taps….with space to set a few dies in..

A piece of Poplar was cut into a base, and bits and pieces cut to cut to make a rack..of sorts…then glue the mess up

Next day…clean things up. one end needed trimmed back a bit. Some of the dividers needed a wide chisel to adjust the fit…..a few were way too tight. Then, some “pads” were added..

Mainly to raise the smaller taps up a bit..

Pads do not go all the way under the taps. I can then just push down on the end of a tap..

And the “Business End” will raise up to where I can grab it.

I also cut a few pieces of Poplar,to make the sides of the box..

Will dovetail the corners. I intend to add a groove for the plywood bottom the rack will sit on. There will be a groove for the lid’s panel. Need to figure out how much in-between the 2 grooves I’ll need.

Thinking of doing a raised panel for the lid. Underneath the lid will be a layer of foam….to protect the box and the taps from each other. Since it is way easier to run the grooves BEFORE I cut the sides to width….hmmm..

Stay tuned…this could get interesting…..

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