Originally Posted by japple
I would like to know how those guys built thier jigs!
I found a section of truck axle and chucked it in my father in-laws lathe and started in on it. One thing that I didn't think about when I started was that I only had what I wanted to use, I should have allowed 2 extra inches for the chuck and then cut it off. I had to turn it over and get it lined back up and turn the last two inches, it came out good as you can't even tell with a test indicator, the short end is not the one in the chuck, but I spent over an hour getting it lined back up.
I turned the largest part true inside with a boring bar and then outside so the largest part was true and I could hold it and indicate of it, then cleaned the rest up.
Then I put it in a dividing head on the mill and punched 8 holes and tapped them in the mill before moving to the next hole.
I spent days on the internet looking at every jig I could find and read every thread on jigs and watched every youtube vid and picked every brain I could, and then threw the switch and did it. My father in-law was a great help and he had a jig but it had to much flex in it and was thin and not up to my anal retentive way. So I'm making all my tools and buying tooling that I can use on my lathe when I get the coin to buy it out right so I don't start in the hole with a new hobby. Still paying of the last one
Right or wrong that's how I did it!!