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Yet Another Tangential Tool Holder

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Stub Mandrel11/10/2011 21:51:05
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After some thought and a frustrated attempt at making a tangential holder, I realised I could make one froma much smaller (1/2" square) bar, as long as I didn't mind angling the holder a little when cutting to a shoulder. Lot's of brain ache in setting the angles (I used simple angle vice, set slightly skew-whiff to the X-axis of the mill and clamped the work at an angle to get a third degree of freedom. All done by eye! The cutter takes 1/4" square HSS and took 1/16" cuts in nasty stainless, giving a good finish with 4-thou feedrate. For size the clamp bolt is M4, cutter height is 5/16" to suit my mini lathe.
I need to file down the end of the clamp a bit more to give better clearance when facing - I realise I don't need such a big lip to secure the bit anyway. So here are the pics:

No drawings yet, but I could do some.
chris stephens11/10/2011 22:47:03
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Good show Neil,
Welcome to the Tangential Tool Owners Club.
Proper clamps look so much better than the original (well if not original, shall we say the latest round of interest over the last few years) designs from USA using just a screw.
I have one general question, why is it that everybody who has one of these tools loves them but they are still not more widely known? When I used demonstrate them at MEX and Ally-Pally loads of people have come up and asked for details because they have never seen them before, little realizing that the idea is at least 130 years old. Perhaps some folks are just slow learners?
Geir11/10/2011 23:03:41
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Very nice, looks solid and clean. A drawing would be much appreciated.
Ian S C12/10/2011 12:44:15
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There is one described in vol 1 (1898) of Model Engineer. Ian S C
Stub Mandrel13/10/2011 22:03:58
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I thinned down the end of the tool to 1/32" and took a skim from the back of the clamp clamp is hard up against the whole length of the toolbit. It works for facing now.
I managed a 3mm(!) cut in mild steel on the mini lathe, but only took a short cut as I worry about the motor working that hard at low revs.
I've made a start on a drawing. It's amazing, it HARDER to draw one than make one, especially if this is going to be a drawuing that can be followed.
I discovered a large slab of 1/2" steel in my bandsaw though. I fancy taking a 5/8" strip off the end to make a non-cranked version. If I do I'll photograph each setup.
chris stephens22/11/2011 19:23:19
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Hi Neil,
Since you mentioned Tangential tools on the other topic, I thought I would tell of a new use I have found for mine. I now use the tool to rough turn car gearbox shafts, where the needle rollers have worn part way through the case hardening, so that a new bearing sleeve can be fitted. Saves using very expensive Titanium Carbide tips for the rough stuff, so that I now only have to use them for the finish sizing.
BERTO23/11/2011 04:07:38
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Hi , I have been using one of these for a couple of years now and still think it is the best thing i have purchased for my lathe .
The company i purchased it from ais Eccentric Engineering .
I watched a clip on youtube and was hooked !
They have now revised the design and i urge you to look at thier website as it may give you some more ideas as to making your own .
Unfortunately they will not be adding the smallest version to the modified line-up at the moment so if i want these for my lathe i will have to make them myself .
Regards .
ady23/11/2011 08:37:17
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I bought a cheep one off fleebay and it was pretty clever, and very useful.
Unfortunately it had been made out of some kind of cast metal and the neck snapped after about a week when I got a dig-in.
So a good quality one is pretty essential, whether you make or buy.
I can see Neils grin from here as that swarf falls away, a nice job.

Edited By ady on 23/11/2011 08:38:57

chris stephens23/11/2011 12:12:57
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Hi Guys,
Nice to see that the commercial one's designer has seen sense, he must be reading this site.
Stub Mandrel24/11/2011 19:51:40
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I can't understand why they advertise the smallest one for mini-lathes, when the second one up is for 5/16" tool height. For my mini lathe I normally use 5/16" square HSS and single thin shim, so i imagine that their second toolm would be ideal?
BERTO25/11/2011 00:11:02
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I believe it is to keep tool overhang to a minimum .
The larger unit has more material behind the cutting tool and this means there is a larger distance between tool tip and toolpost all be it probably around 10mm maybe a little more .
There are some benifits to the smaller unit as the cutting tool is small and easier to work with on small items , it does though get hotter quicker than a larger piece of tool steel as it simply has not got the surface area to sink as much heat away.
You can also use these to cut threads as the grinding instruction come with the toolholder and seem reasonably simple .
chris stephens25/11/2011 00:23:12
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Hi Neil,
Or you could just make your own for a few shillings and get it to suit your lathe exactly. Do remember that the tip height can be adjusted much more easily than standard tooling, no more shimming. There are loads of plans about, or you could try the mini-lathe group.
Stub Mandrel25/11/2011 19:23:36
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Hi Chris - er... gentle reminder - that's my home made one in the picture at the top of this thread
Ian - good point.With my design I found you can't really turn above 2 1/4" diameter, another 1/4" or so would be handy. With plain HSS I use a right hand tool sideways to be able to go up to the full 7" diameter, but you can't turn very thick things that way..
I found a bit of 1/8" HSS the other day, so I might make a small one as well.
Billy Mills30/12/2011 14:22:10
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Found a very interesting description of a tangential toolholder in Turning & Mechanical Manipulation Volume 2 by Charles Holtzapffl ( reprinted by Tee Publications).
Page 535 shows the device with a round toolbit ground with a single flat and then the author's
version with a triangular bit. The original was used in the Portsmouth Block Factory (1802) to turn wrought iron pins. Another version had a centre hole through the bit and was used for wood turning. So Marc Brunell and Henry Maudsley could well be the source of the Tangential tool concept around 1803 when the factory started production so it may have been going for over 200 years!
The same book p996 has further material, an illustration of a toolholder on p998 is almost identical to the pictures in this post, the book was first published in 1843!
The three volumes cover a vast range, the sections on screwcutting and the problem of producing leadscrews are very interesting.
chris stephens30/12/2011 15:42:57
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You mean this one;
I tend towards the notion that the true grandfather of the tangential tool is the swan neck as shown here;
but some inspired chappie in antiquity thought to make a holder that takes a small piece of the best tool steel in a cheaper metal holder. I doff my metaphorical hat to him.
PS it just goes to show that Model Engineers are a bit behind the times, "it's been about for 200 years, so perhaps it's nearly time to try one" could be the watch word(s)
Oh, and if I don't speak to any of you before the coming big day, let me wish you all a Happy Easter.
Billy Mills30/12/2011 16:35:08
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No Chris, it's before that at p535 , the page is headed Brunel's Cutter. This is the earliest that I've seen at around 1803 when the Block Works started making blocks.
Happy New Everything,
PS for those that have not seen the books they contain loads of interesting ideas.
mick H30/12/2011 16:49:23
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Has anyone ever invented a tangential parting off tool....or is the geometry all wrong ?
chris stephens30/12/2011 17:58:19
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Hi Billy,
Ah ha, seems like another project for the "tuit" list.
Hi Mick,
Never seen one, but that means not a lot. There would be some advantages, especially if normal bevelled parting blades were used but standing up, wide edge forward. Depth of cut would naturally be limited, but for small work it might just work.
Just had a nudge from the memory banks, Ifanger make them.;
Looks like another reason to mill some HSS!
Jim Greethead30/12/2011 19:58:05
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Sudden thought: would it be possible to braze a carbide tip onto a piece of 1/4" x 1/4" mild steel to use with a tangential tool holder?
Maybe a discarded indexable tip ground on a green wheel.
Might have a go when the dizzy season slows a bit.
Mark Bus30/12/2011 21:56:21
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Hello everyone,
Here in the States someone has developed a new toolholder.It's called the Wimberley or Wimberly toolholder. If you Google that in you can get to his website.

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