homemade milling machine

  1. gaz1

    gaz1 Member

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    im interested in a homemade milling machine

    i cant afford one and dont like the price of a cheap as chips one

    ive done a little homework on the subject and know im going to get stuck on certain parts

    all 4 machines need a bar to use 2 1/2" up too 3"

    dore westbury

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    6x 26 milling machine
    both of these use a knee build

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    the milling table will be made out of bar stock and screws using the lathe milling attachment plans

    i can build pic 1 & 2, 4 the knee for the mill is something else but i have a reference to that one

    2 of them can take R8 instead of mt2/3 like pic 4 the yellow one can also take mt3 and so can the first one
     
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  2. gaz1

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    materials already bought for the project in mind

    3/4" steel plate 10" wide x 30"

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    60mm steel round bar the original to the above pics is 2 1/2" tube

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    I have enough materials to make a knee

    for the milling base plate im considering 3/4" 6"x30" for base plate 10-12mm flat plate for spacing ( tee nut ) then a further 3/4"plate or 1/2"plate
     
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  3. Henrik Member

    For the head and tool holder, you could look at "live tooling" holders from a cnc machine. They seem to come in a nice package and usually have standard size collets.
     
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  4. rikrobson

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    I gave a much modified dore westbury i git off ebay earlier this year. One drawback is the lack f knee and you nee a mechanidm to hold the head true when raising it up and down as it wants to swing round.
    A good point for yhe self build is that it was designed to be built on a myford lathe
    Also it uesd to come as a set of castings.
    You one is a mk2 with the quill feed on the right hand side.
     
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  6. sardine

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    I wonder if you could use box section filled with concrete as a rigid frame for a milling machine ?
     
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  7. Henrik Member

    I reckon it might crack and go crumbly.

    I think some people use resin filled sections?
     
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  8. gaz1

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    there is a concrete lathe http://www.lathes.co.uk/multimachine/

    but i think the vibration of the machine might cause issues fine with the weight

    information to the above build

    the illustrated plans above are for the dore westbury v2



    parts are hard to find and they no longer offer unmachined parts

    i found the westbury full plans on net heres an illustration of whats included in the pdf file

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    it can also use an r8 instead of an mt2/3

    lathe-milling-attach-plans pdf

    the lathe attachement plans is what im going to be using to create the x and ys of the milling machine
     
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  9. Rig Pig

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    Without wanting to pour cold water on this, I bought this for £200 on EBay, 20170508_082932.jpg I had considered building a vertical head for my Atlas but this was a lot easier and is waaaay more ridged and probably cost less than the upgrades would have done.
    If you're looking for a base to build a mill from then there's an Atlas horizontal laying unloved in my workshop......:whistle:
     
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  10. gaz1

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  11. Dieselkid 63

    Dieselkid 63 Banned from forklifts

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    I've seen those Pallas mills sell here in NZ for $400 which is really something given it's an absolute drought of a country for machines. If I were you I'd hold off and wait for something to come up, ask around the colleges, schools etc, you meet someone who knows someone who's getting too old and wants their stuff to go to a good home. Saying that, maximum respect if you do build a mill! :thumbup:
     
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  13. gaz1

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  14. gaz1

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    anyway ive been building 2 parts of the milling machine all hand made

    this is the stands tee piece made out of 5mm steel still to be thickened up even more

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    welded with the arc welder and grinded off ready for the next piece to go on top of it
     
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  15. HOW?!?!?

    HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE FOR £200?!?!
     
  16. Henrik Member

    I'm guessing that was about 5-6 years ago... machine prices appeared much lower back then, where-as now they seem crazy.
     
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  17. Rig Pig

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    It was a few months ago, it cost another £150 to rent a truck and put fuel in it. Bargains come up if you are prepared to travel.
     
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  18. zzr1200

    zzr1200 Working at 650 ft on open steel work

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    There's an Edgwick Horizontal Simplemill on fleabay at £40 atm, with 4 days to go.
     
  19. gaz1

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  20. Went for £87 earlier on, I feel sick not bidding on it.
     
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