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Old 06-12-2008, 10:18 AM
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This little project got a little more involved than I first suspected. But I learned a lot about my little mill. I wanted to mount a indicator and get rid of the hated adjusting nuts for the depth stop. I no longer have a scale on it but I think I will mount one on the bracket which is mounted on the mill to hold the indicator. The first problem was that the factory locking handle was to short so I made a new one a little longer [1/2" dia with 12 tpi] The indicator is from Harbor Freight and will stay on the mill. It will tilt forward so the stop can be used when needed. All the parts were ether milled, drilled, reamed and or sanded.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:22 AM
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:34 AM
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Very nice work digr- as usual
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:57 AM
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That's cool...thanks for sharing Digr.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:14 AM
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Very nice work. You will use that a lot in future projects. I have something similar on my Chinese BP mill.
Isn't it amazing how a simple project turns into something more complicated?
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:21 PM
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I been thinking about changing the stop to a solid rod too limit the movement on the quill and get back to my DRO project in the link.


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Old 06-12-2008, 03:34 PM
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That's pretty slick Digr.
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:52 PM
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Hey digr,
Great setup & workmanship. I made mine quite simple with a piece of 1.5" X 1" alum. angle with a slot milled to be able to slide the indicator up & down to set my zero. The indicator is a 2" movement thus gives me plenty of room for adjustments. I made a circle strap with a flat-ended rod attached to the quill. Once I have the endmill set my to my zero start, I bring the indicator down to touch the rod & set depth of indicator travel for the depth of milling to be done. Just wanted to show anyone a really simple method to do some fine precision adjustments if needed. Denny
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:13 PM
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Wow Digr,
very impressive.........as usual. Thanks for sharing and in the details.
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:11 AM
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Great job digr. There was a whole series of articles in The Home Shop Machinist magazine, some years ago entitled, "Mill/Drill Adventures". It featured a lot of the kind of stuff you're doing.
Unfortunately, most of the guys who wrote those articles, are no longer with us. You might be able to get reprints though.

I need to do somethig like that on mine because, the movement of the fine down feed handwheel is wierd. It's .083" per revolution. Makes for some mental gymnastics. I've seen where some guys in HSM have used dial or digital calipers for down feed scales. I'm thinking of going that route.


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