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Old 12-21-2018, 10:46 PM
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That uLLLL work....
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:55 PM
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Chris, just keeps plugging away till he gets it wrapped up to his satisfaction. Like the JD motto Get-R-Done
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:01 PM
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Still waiting for the coaxial indicator to tram the table to the column and the vise to the table. The waiting for the shipping has got me a little impatient.
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Coaxial indicator came in and got the table all leveled. It was out .002 in the X. Added .002 shims in the front side of the column and now within 0002. Good enough for me. The Y was only out .001 for 3/4 of the table so left it alone. Got a set of 123 blocks for Xmas, and the mill came with a set of hold downs so it seems it is ready to use now.
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ok on to some cutter destruction
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:15 PM
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ok on to some cutter destruction
So far so good. Made a 4 piece set of set up blocks today. Now can keep stuff off the table. All come out within .0005 for thickness. Used a 3/4" endmill. Block were only 1 1/2" long and started with 1x1 square bar. Only milled two opposite sides.

Got a steel framed rack 5' tall from the neighbor to store tooling next to the mill. About 2' wide. & drawers and one door for taller stuff. Have to make the drawers and door out of plywood.

I have a 2 3/8" post (drill stem) to one side of the mill that I plan to add a swinging arm with an electric hoist. Will be used to lift anything heavy onto the table as well as remove and install the vise. Already have a new 12V winch to use.

Also got a circular 12v led light to go on the bottom of the quill. Just have to do some wiring. It will attach with some neodymium magnets epoxied to the light. That will help a lot with seeing for a sight challenged guy.

Like everyone that gets a mill, there are endless things to either buy or make to support the mill. I think my lathe is getting jealous!!!!
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:54 PM
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Chris it seems with a mill it's a never ending story on what will be needed next for one.... as I'm always finding something needed to be done to the mill to make it better or more user friendly to my wants or needs

it is costly even for a small mill like mine an yours but it sometimes seems to get less use than my lathe and then it will be a total flip and it will see more use than the lathe but is sure is nice to have both and a few other tools as well an as of late I found the need for other shop made jigs and rigs for supporting longer material an parts

Cant wait to see some of the projects, repaired parts etc. you do now, Now you have a mill....
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It just seem like a never ending money pit the spending will taper off at about $10,000
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It just seem like a never ending money pit the spending will taper off at about $10,000


Then the bigger mill purchase and retooling will come along.


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