Indexing Pin Jig For Wood Lathe

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Blog entry by Grumpy posted 1099 days ago 5882 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently had a need to use the indexing section on my lathe to drill holes at exact & even spacings.
I did not want to buy an expensive part to do the trick so I came up with a do it yourself simple solution.
I already had a couple of ‘Magswitch Mag Jigs’, see
So that was a big starting point.

All I needed was a small piece of 2”X1” scrap pine and some Perspex & one of the Magswitch jigs.
You could use a light metal plate instead of the Perspex but would lose the visibility to the job.
The jig is simply and more importantly it can be adjusted to any location.
I drilled a number of holes in the Perspex of varying sizes to suit different sized drill bits.
If the hole gets too large after continuous use just drill another anywhere.

The tool rest then became the adjustable part up/down/left & right. I can also make minor adjustments by moving the Magswitch.
Because the Magswitch is so powerful there is no need for any other support. It is also easy to remove, just one click.
The result of my first test on a piece of scrap was 8 perfectly aligned holes.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 1099 days ago

pretty nifty

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#2 posted 1099 days ago

Nice one Grumpy. Must be nice being a genius :-)

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#3 posted 1097 days ago

Hey Tony. That is a really neat and simple idea. Thanks for sharing. I can use one of these!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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