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1. Chuck key for Myford ML7 chuck
2. Internal Keyway cutter
3. Tailstock die holder 1
4. Tailstock die holder 2
5. Dipstick for Real Ale casks

 


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CHUCK KEY

↓ The Myford 4 Jaw chuck did not come with a chuck key, so I made a quick one in 30 minutes.
I found a square bar of the right size. I used silver solder to secure the handle.

 

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INTERNAL KEYWAY CUTTER

↓ I made this to cut internal square keyways in gears and pulleys. The horizontal bar quickly wore down and became a loose fit.
I have not bothered repairing it as I plan on using the shaping machine to cut internal keyways.

 

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TAILSTOCK DIE HOLDER 1

↓ The first homemade tailstock die holder.

 

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TAILSTOCK DIE HOLDER 2

↓ My second homemade tailstock die holder.
I machined a 'hex nut' on the barrel.
I can now use a ratchet to feed the die holder in or out. It works a treat!

 


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DISPTICK FOR REAL ALE CASKS

↓ This is a dipstick I made. It is used to measure the contents in Real Ale casks.

I do a bit of stocktaking in pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars etc. Quite often I have to dip the Real Ale casks, and gauge how many gallons of ale are left in them.
Here is a brass dipstick I quickly made using the Myford ML7.
It is made from brass hexagon about 5mm across the flats.
It is 530mm (21 inches) long when assembled.
The brass hexagon has 6 surfaces, so it can measure up to 6 different types of cask (9 gallon laying down, 18 gallon laying down, 9 gallon standing up, 18 gallon standing up, etc).
It fits in a pencil case and is easy to carry around.

↓ The dipstick in use (staged). This cask is missing the top bung and lower tap.
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↓ The set.
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↓ The ends.
↓ The ends are marked 0 and X to aid assembly.
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The ends are drilled and tapped M3x0.5.
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↓ The gallon scale marks.
At the moment, the hexagon rod is marked on two sides, to measure 9 gallon and 18 gallon casks (laying down).
I made the marks using a junior hacksaw and dressed them off with a triangular file.
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