Photo-shoot showing making of an indexing system

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This indexing system was made because of necessity. Members who saw my photo-shoot of the jewellery stand will recall that I needed a method to enable me to drill 36 holes around the top, this is how I solved the problem

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 01:59 PM

harry very good idea i need something like that myself thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 02:46 PM

Thanks for the blog post! I appreciate the effort you put into making the indexing jig. Nice metal working lathe you have as well. One thing I miss on my woodworking lathe is the x-y sliding table for a tool holder. Every time I need a cylinder turned for something or other, I think about building one, but I doubt I’ll ever make one.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 03:38 PM

good idea harry nice work

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 04:32 PM

Thanks for sharing. That should solve my problem. Now all i have to do is make the jig. Wonder how long that’s going to take? I don’t have a metal lathe or lets say metal cutting tools I may have to find another way to make the same thing, that will work.
Going to have to put my thinking hat on now. Think I can make the drilling jig out of hard wood such as oak and insert a medal sheave in the wood that would accept the drill bit size I want to use. Since this is going to be just for one certain project then most likely I want have to deal with any size larger, but if i do then I would have to make another one of different size.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 04:45 PM

Very good, Harry!

Seems like you posted this same procedure some time ago…
... it was fun looking at it again… LOL

Quite a procedure!

I do not have a Metal milling lathe or a wood lathe… LOL…
... but it still looks interesting…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 08-06-2012 04:59 PM

Nice Indexing system !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 01:32 AM

Now you have gotten me thinking. I do need something like this on my lathe onece in a while. Thanks for the idea!

If paint can cover a multitudede of sins for you just imagine what my shop heater can do.

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 09:42 AM

Well done and cleaver!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 12:52 PM

Thanks for your encourage guys. It really is a case of necessity being the mother of invention, I have no doubt that had I not had a metal lathe, I would have found bits and pieces in my “junk” boxes to come up with an indexing system. I can’t remember where, but recently I saw a short video of such a system with the disk made I think from MDF and divided in a totally different way. I think that plywood would probably be suitable. By the way, my “junk” boxes are an essential part of my workshop, different one’s for different kinds of “junk’!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#10 posted 08-08-2012 12:14 AM

Great idea and to use those junk pieces of wood also, hope it serves you well

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 08-08-2012 09:50 PM

G’day, Harry,
Great job on that drill fixture, You got to use a variety of your machines for that one!!/I have been thinking of making a drill fixture, too. I have the aluminum support made and the tube with the bushings in it. I just bought a drill chuck on E bay and now have to design it for the max size of 14 ” diameter.

Thanks for the pics on how you did your. I may use some of those ideas!!............Jim

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

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#12 posted 08-10-2012 06:17 AM

Well done Harry. Been there with that problem as well.

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

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