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Small Dovetail Cutter

Discussion in 'A BEGINNER'S FORUM (Learn How To Machine Here!)' started by richz, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. richz

    richz United States Active User Active Member

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    I would like to make a small dovetail cutter to hold an indicator. The large section is around 3/16" the small section is about 1/8". How does one going making something this small?
     
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    Instead of thinking a dovetail cutter in a milling operation. Maybe think a shaper technique in the mill…Dave
     
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    :dunno: Are you wanting to make a dove tale clamp to hold an indicator?
     
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    What kind of fixture do you want to make? What kind of indicator, DI or DTI? What axis are you trying to measure, X orY or both? There may be suggestions that may assist you.
     
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    richz United States Active User Active Member

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    This is the dovetail I would like to make but it would be in aluminum.
     

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    David S Canada Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Dremel has a very small dovetail cutter. I wonder if it could be made to work?

    David
     
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    I would make it to fit with a triangular jeweler's file. It would be done before the cutter was installed in the mill or the work mounted...
     
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    Bob I am with you. I repair old clocks and frequently hand make the part. With piercing saws and fine files, it would be done in no time.

    David
     
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    Here is a DI holder I just made. Idea came from Sherline Tips web site.
     

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