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GlennW
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DTI Stand

Post by GlennW » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:28 pm

I had a friend give me a DTI stand the other day that he had made, as he is a retired Tool Maker and now in his 80's. It was living in his basement and had grown some rust on it so he thought that I may give it a better home.

I didn't think to ask when he had made it, but he served his apprenticeship in Germany in 1952 (that's another whole story) and may have made it then or soon after.

I didn't take any "before" pics, but I blew it apart and re-ground most of it to get rid of the rust spots. The top surfaces were originally ground and the sides were a coarse cross hatch fly cut machined finish and all were finished in Black Oxide.
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A setup shot, as I do that on a small surface plate and then move it to the grinder.
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The completed parts. Note the reduced diameter on the mast.
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The mast fit into the base.
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The Finished Product. There are a number of ways that a DTI can be attached and oriented. The fine adjustment is accomplished by turning the knob above the base, which flexes the mast.
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This thing is rock solid and will be very useful, as I did not have a proper stand for use on a surface plate.

Unfortunately, he will not see it "restored" for another year as he only visits one day a year.

I don't know what material it is made from, but I guarantee it is harder than Harold's head!
Glenn

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Re: DTI Stand

Post by Harold_V » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:59 am

GlennW wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:28 pm
I don't know what material it is made from, but I guarantee it is harder than Harold's head!
I'm not sure I believe even one word of your comments now that you made reference to my head. The reason I say this is because it's well known that diamond isn't as hard, so I doubt the material in the base is harder. :lol:

Looks good, Glenn! :wink:
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Re: DTI Stand

Post by GlennW » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:24 am

Thanks Harold!

A different orientation of the DTI.

I'll most likely make a new mount to accept a dial indicator to have both options.
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Slathered with preservative so it doesn't rust over night...
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Re: DTI Stand

Post by warmstrong1955 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:35 pm

Nice Glenn!
Something about home built...makes tools better!

And, originally machined from 100% pure Haroldinium!
(I think Harolinium falls between Illudium and Unobtanium on the periodic chart)

;) Bill
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Re: DTI Stand

Post by Harold_V » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:25 pm

warmstrong1955 wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:35 pm
And, originally machined from 100% pure Haroldinium!
(I think Harolinium falls between Illudium and Unobtanium on the periodic chart)

;) Bill
Thanks, Bill. I learned something new today! :lol:

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