34 degrees. Is it summer already?
A beautiful spring morning became blustery, windy, hot yesterday. But I hardly noticed. I was in the workshop making these small steam pipe connectors.
Normally I would buy these fittings, because they are fiddly to make and not very expensive, but I have fitted new rings to the triple expansion engine, and I want to try it out on the vertical boiler. (see the previous post)
I needed only 2 of these nipple-tail-nut assemblies, but having made a jig to fit the collet chuck it was just as easy to make some extras for future use.
The jig is required because having made one end of the nipple, it must be turned around to make the other end and there is not enough material to hold in the 3 jaw chuck. So the jig holds the workpiece by the first made thread, and the piece is finished by holding it in the collet chuck. The jig will be saved for future use. It has external threads for 5/16″x32 and 3/8″x32, and internal threads for 1/4″x40 and 5/16″x32.
The tiny tails were drilled in 2 stages because there is an internal step, and the outer shape was CNC’d.