I love my “Traminator” (what I call the dual indicator tramming tool I received as a gift), but had thought of it as a very special purpose tool only useful for tramming the mill until I saw this picture on a Practical Machinist thread:

Ray Behner created this tool, and what a cool idea it is! It’s shown here tramming a vise, but I can imagine it would be handy to align almost anything into tram on the mill table. It’s going to be faster to tap it in this way too I would think since you don’t have to wait to sweep the indicator (although I’m pretty fast at it these days, so it won’t save much).

Now I need a precision rig that will hold my Traminator at right angles so I can use it for jobs like this. I’ll have to think about it a touch, but doesn’t seem it ought to be too hard to make. BTW, if you don’t recall the Traminator, you’ll recognize it from the picture:

My tramming and preventative maintenance gear…

 

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