Cross slide DRO

I did some planning for the modifications and additions I want/need to make. One of those involves turning down 8mm drill rod to .1562 to tap as 10-32 thread. Rather than cut, stop to measure, guess how much more to go, cut, etc. I wanted to mount a digital gauge on the cross slide. This would let me cut until I reached a reading of half the required diameter.

Inspiration came from Start Model Engineering. I already had the gauge as I previously built the same thing for the Unimat.

Having the slitting saw made it easy to cut some ‘mystery’ aluminum from Home Depot to size. Mounting is by super-glue for now until I am sure where to drill holes for more permanent mounting.

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