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12-14-2015 08:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe nyloc nuts headstock glue blocks

I’ve seen a video on youtube by a Walt Wager, I believe. He uses large nyloc nuts as the glued-in threads for reusable glue blocks. I like the idea of it but his lathe must be a little different from mine. He uses 1” x 8tpi nylock nuts. My Nova lathe headstock is 1 1/4” x 8tpi and I cannot find any supplier that makes those.

The nice think about the nylocs is that the small rounded end doesn’t get jammed against the headstock with much force so it makes it easier to remove. He strips out the nylon piece so there is no binding.

Does anyone know where I could get such a large nyloc nut?

Thanks for any help on this.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 08:22 PM

You sure it’s not 1-1/4” x 7 tpi? Mcmaster has them.

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#2 posted 12-14-2015 08:35 PM

Not nylon but should also work.

You might also check with MSC, Grainger, or McMaster Carr.

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 08:42 PM

Nylocs that size might get a little spendy… Fastenal has them for about $38 a piece! You may find them cheaper on e-bay, or you could just use regular 1-1/4×8 hex nuts and put a washer on the spindle if you are worried about it getting stuck for some reason.

Another option, and what I do, is to just get a 1-1/4×8 tap and make your own glueblock/faceplates out of wood. Drill a hole, tap it, mount on the lathe and turn it round. You can use scrap 2x material and whip up a bunch of them at a time. If you have any construction sites around you, you can find all the scrap material you would ever need for free. And you aren’t limited to just glueblocks :)


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#4 posted 12-14-2015 08:59 PM

A source that most people ignore locally are tractor/implement stores.

There, you can get nuts and bolts, bearings and belts and most are in stock so you don’t have to wait for shipping.
Mostly, you can call them, ask for parts and they’ll be able to look up what’s in stock without you having to go.

A lot of them sell nuts and bolts by the pound as well, so you can make out pretty well. Also. for things like nylocks, they can source them from a couple different places. A good parts person will know if they can sub a part from say an implement that is just a generic item but can be had for a better price.

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#5 posted 12-14-2015 09:22 PM

If there is a Fastenal near your location you can try them. PN: 37079 should be what you are looking for, here’s the link.

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 12:45 AM

JMHO but for the price of those nuts…and the potential for runout..

Why not go with these… Nova faceplates… for $19 each and a lot less trouble.

I do have (and occasionally use) the Beall 1.25 tap and it works well.,

There may be less expensive sources for either of these; I jusk took the easy trail.

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 03:14 AM

Lid from an empty peanut butter jar, drill 1.25” hole in center; viola, one plastic washer.

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 02:17 PM

I saw an article about using nylon locknuts (I believe in the AAW journal) ... each to his own, but not for me. I think it is easier to use a Beall tap (I have both the 1”x8tpi and 1 1/4”x8tpi) in a piece of hard maple to make my own faceplates.

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#9 posted 12-15-2015 03:08 PM

In case there is confusion on why I suggested a faceplate rather than the nut…
The face plate is mounted to the glue block. Then the glue block glued to the project.

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#10 posted 12-15-2015 03:43 PM

Thanks, I did understand what you were talking about. I’ve got a small face plate that came with my Nova. I was thinking of having multiples that would be available cheaply. I ended up buying some plain nuts of the right size from FMW and a Beall tap as well. I can have some fun trying both ways.

Thanks again to everyone for helping.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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