I never have enough light when I am working! Based on a tip
on one the the
machinist forums, I bought this LED light at Lowes, on sale for $17
It does an excellent job of illuminating the work area of my
mill. My only complaint
is that the gooseneck is not very strong. If you try to set
it so it runs horizontal, it
sags. I have mounted it so the light hangs down, and it is
To remove a cutter from my milling machine collet, I loosen the drawbar
bolt, then I usually have to
tap the bolt head with a soft hammer to loosen the collet. I
added a brass "hammer" to the wrench I
use on the drawbar. Now I can loosen the bolt, flip
the wrench over and tap the bolt head with the
brass piece. Much more convenient!
Tubalcain (Mr. Pete), a frequent YouTube contributor of machine shop
tips and techniques gave
me the idea for this one.
My quick change tool post has a built in lever for tightening and
releasing the tool
holder. In addition it has a 3/4 hex nut for clamping the
entire holder. When aligning
it, you need to pick up a separate 3/4 wrench and loosen the
nut. A couple of days
ago, I attended a rummage sale at a nearby church and picked up a
couple of 3/4 Proto
combination wrenches for $1 each. I cut the open end wrench
off one of them and now
I have a box wrench I can leave on the tool post in a similar manner to
the wrenches on
the carriage stop and the carriage lock. It is much more
I attended a large garage sale next door this weekend. On the
2nd day it was all 1/2 price.
This Craftsman 4 drawer tool chest was marked $15, so I got it for
$7.50. The lid was missing.
I cut a couple pieces of wood for the top compartment to carry the
weight, and placed the
upper half of my existing chest on top. I have now been able
to spread out the contents of some
of my very crowded drawers.