I decided to design and print a couple of hex die inserts for the tailstock to enable use of 1 inch and 5/8 inch hex dies as well as the round dies in the future.
|Hex adaptors for watchmakers tailstock die holder|
Here's the blanks as they arrived from shape ways
|Raw castings for tailstock hex die adaptors|
|Raw castings for tailstock hex die adaptor|
The fit of the dies was perfect without machining.
|Hex dies close fit in casting|
I set up my face grinding set up and surfaced the fronts of the dies.
|Face grinding rig for hex die adaptor|
|Grinding setup for watchmakers lathe|
|Hex adaptors with ground faces|
And went on to surface the sides of the larger die as well (the smaller one fit the socket too well and I didn't want it to loosen up.
|Completed and installed 1" Hex adaptor for tailstock die holder|
Here's the completed hex adaptors ready for use!
|Completed round and hex die adaptor set for watchmakers lathe|