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07-26-2017 10:44 PM

Any idea where I can find a 0.300” diameter steel rod? I’m helping my father restore a watchmaker’s lathe, and want to make a custom dead center for the mini tailstock. But finding exactly 0.300” is proving difficult… I can get 19/64 which is 0.297”, but the few thou offset from center might be a lot on the small scale of this machine.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)


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#1 posted 07-26-2017 10:55 PM

It’s not a big deal to turn a rod down from
the next larger size on a metal lathe.

How long a .300” rod do you need?

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#2 posted 07-26-2017 10:58 PM



It s not a big deal to turn a rod down from
the next larger size on a metal lathe.

How long a .300” rod do you need?

- Loren

At least a few inches, maybe 6 or 8” would be ideal. This lathe might not be long enough to make it, though I could try using a friend’s bigger metal lathe.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 07-26-2017 11:00 PM

I guess I could also try it on the wood lathe, but freehanding it is difficult to get any kind of consistency.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 07-26-2017 11:14 PM

Somebody here may be able to help
you out.

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#5 posted 07-26-2017 11:18 PM

Mcmaster.com should have it.

M

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#6 posted 07-26-2017 11:22 PM

I have some 5/16 rod I can turn down to .300
If you need me to Allen. Just shoot me a PM.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 07-26-2017 11:22 PM



Mcmaster.com should have it.

M

- Madmark2

Already checked mcmaster, msc direct, ebay, and a few other sites. No luck, everything is fractional for inches.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 07-26-2017 11:23 PM



I have some 5/16 rod I can turn down to .300
If you need me to Allen. Just shoot me a PM.

- HokieKen

Might have to take you up on that, Ken. I’ll get some measurements and get back to you… might take a few days. I appreciate the help.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#9 posted 07-27-2017 12:21 AM

Here’s a link to Mc Master Carr “ultra machinable drill rod” 0.302” diameter.
https://www.mcmaster.com/#drill-rods/=18o6yrt

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#10 posted 07-27-2017 12:38 AM



Here s a link to Mc Master Carr “ultra machinable drill rod” 0.302” diameter.
https://www.mcmaster.com/#drill-rods/=18o6yrt

- crank49

Wow, that’s pretty close. Thanks for the link, might be just the ticket. Maybe a slight bit of sanding or a quick pass on a metal lathe will bring it down.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 07-27-2017 01:49 PM


Here s a link to Mc Master Carr “ultra machinable drill rod” 0.302” diameter.
https://www.mcmaster.com/#drill-rods/=18o6yrt

- crank49

Wow, that s pretty close. Thanks for the link, might be just the ticket. Maybe a slight bit of sanding or a quick pass on a metal lathe will bring it down.

- bobasaurus

Chuck that up in a lathe or drill press and put some 220 sandpaper to it. Just keep even wear along the length and you’ll shave .002 pretty quick. Probably get more precise than trying to take that little off with a turning too. Only removing .002 diamteric would usually be grinding or burnishing operation.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 07-27-2017 05:31 PM


Here s a link to Mc Master Carr “ultra machinable drill rod” 0.302” diameter.
https://www.mcmaster.com/#drill-rods/=18o6yrt

- crank49

Wow, that s pretty close. Thanks for the link, might be just the ticket. Maybe a slight bit of sanding or a quick pass on a metal lathe will bring it down.

- bobasaurus

Chuck that up in a lathe or drill press and put some 220 sandpaper to it. Just keep even wear along the length and you ll shave .002 pretty quick. Probably get more precise than trying to take that little off with a turning too. Only removing .002 diamteric would usually be grinding or burnishing operation.

- HokieKen


I doubt sandpaper will be able to remove any metal from drill rod unless the rod is first annealed.

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#13 posted 07-27-2017 05:32 PM


I doubt sandpaper will be able to remove any metal from drill rod unless the rod is first annealed.

- MrRon

Usually drill rod comes in the annealed state. I’ll order some today and give it a try.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#14 posted 07-27-2017 05:33 PM

Yeah, I looked that’s W1 steel. You’ll probably want to harden the working section but it’s sold in annealed state.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 07-27-2017 06:51 PM

As an alternative, “here is 8 lengths of 7.6mm HSS drill rod which is .2992 in. It’s from China but I’ve ordered from them a few times and it’s always quality steel.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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