Really Simple Tap Guide
© Frank Ford 2004; Photos by FF

Here's a little tool I use with bigger taps to keep them aligned for hand tapping in the mill or drill press. It's just a piece of 1/2" drill rod with a point on the end, which engages the center hole in the back end of the tap:

Its 60 degree point sticks right down between the jaws of my tap handle:

And, by keeping good downward pressure on the (not rotating, of course) spindle, I can run the tap in with one hand:

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