In my shop, a “stop” tool has at least two contexts. Is it a length stop, or a depth stop? The term “depth stop” almost always applies to my power hammers. The term “length stop” applies in a lot of other situations.
What I actually had in mind was a specific tool I was making which incorporated an adjustable length stop. Sometimes it’s desirable to make a length stop mechanism which can rotate and sometimes, not so. In this case it was, not so.
Often, I make length stops with 1/4” round in 1/4” tube. It is snug and rotates smoothly. If I want a “non-rotating” stop, I use 1/2” square tube as the guide and 3/8” square solid as the shaft. OK, 3/8” square bar won’t fit into the 1/2’ square tube. To quote the GEICO commercials, “everyone knows that.”
My solution in is to use a depth stop to make a length stop. I heat 3/8” square in the coal fire and draw it through the power hammer with a 3/8” “weak” depth stop in place. That particular stop is a dedicated tool which delivers the exact result I need for this. The fit is snug.
Stop stock, peculiar title? I thought, “What could it mean?” Then, in my mind, I heard the tune, “to a day dream believer, and a homecoming queen.”