Home milling machine?

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  1. thequintessentialman

    thequintessentialman Member

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    Are any of you hobbyists playing around with garage shop milling machines, lathes, etc? I'm toying with the idea of getting an inexpensive one, even CNC if it fits the budget. I've always liked the idea of machining metal and now that I'm starting to build some "toys", I thought I would like something better than a Dewalt router or a modified door planer. The wife is always wanting me to build small things for her craft hobby so the extra band width would not be wasted. (Wife is real good at finding reasons not to get something then finding things for me to do with it after I do finally buy one... :) )
     


  2. grasshopperglock

    grasshopperglock Error 404

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    This guy's design has been making the rounds. "DIY Smart Saw"

    Here's a review on it,

    http://woodworkingnova.com/diy-smart-saw-reviews/




    He doesn't sell the motors but gives you resources where you can buy them. It's just the plans. As pictured, the estimated cost is $500. With a scrounging cost of $160.
     
  3. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Been Called "Flash" Since I Was A Kid!

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    Shop carefully. Tooling for a metal lathe or mill is what bites you hard. They ought to give you the machine for free and make their bucks on the tooling!

    The best ride I ever had was at the steel mill after I left teaching. Mills, drills, full tooling, shears, brakes, welding machines and every other imaginable machining process was set up for my use. I bought my own sets of drills, end mills, calipers and micrometers because the meat heads screwed the company equipment up. I kept my stuff locked up! It was sweet!

    Flash
     
  4. Santaowns

    Santaowns New Member

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    Always read that harbor freight mills could be converted into CNC mills
     
  5. rman

    rman Well-Known

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    looks like I have a new project this fall /winter

    http://www.cncfusion.com/smallmill1.html

    Sent from my Sig Sauer
     
  6. Texan-in-Training

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    As the proud owner of both a Harbor Freight mill/drill and lathe, I am extremely aware of their limitations. They are adequate for my needs, though.
    I think if I was going to throw some money at them, I'd use it on a digital readout for the mill.
     
  7. TheDan

    TheDan DEPLORABLE TGT Supporter

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    More of a CNC router than a mill. Probably not sturdy or torquey enough for metal.

    Yep, DRO definitely makes it easier and more enjoyable.
     
  8. Texan-in-Training

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  9. TheDan

    TheDan DEPLORABLE TGT Supporter

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    There's lots of homebrew DRO as well. Most are made with digital calipers.
     
  10. Texan-in-Training

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    While using calipers for a quill DRO seems fairly straight forward, the thought of using six inch calipers for table travel has intimidated me enough that I never pursued it. Seems like it would require some sort of magnetic attachment so it could be moved when needed. Got the secret? Or even better, a link to someones design page?
     

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