Lathe Tool Height Setter
© Frank Ford 2004; Photos by FF


Here's a little tool I made immediately after reading the tip submitted by G.A.Ewan in the Home Shop Machinist Forum. It's a simple height gauge for setting tools on the lathe. He'd made his from an old layout height gauge, but lacking one, I used a cheap machinist square (a really cheap Chinese "out-of-square-by-a-mile"). I just cut off the end of the blade to make a pointer, screwed it back on, and set it to center height:

Amazing how much time a little thing like this can save. . .


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