Making a carriage stop for my lathe, whats one of my first milling projects when I got into machining 10 years ago. While my original design has served me well for many years, I’ve decided to make some design tweaks, that will hopefully improve it. The following video is the first in what will be a short series, documenting the construction of my new stop.
If you’ve been following any of my recent posts, you know I’ve been making space in my tool chest. The tool(s) I was making space for, was a 1/32nd set of 5C collets from Mari tool. A set of good collets is not cheap, but if they are properly cared for they can last a lifetime. Thus, when they arrived the other day I thought others might find the inspection, cleaning, and storage process interesting.
When I opened the cardboard shipping box, I found several small hand labeled bags, each containing 2 collets. Each collet was coated in a layer of oil/grease, and sealed in an air tight plastic bag.
My latest little shop reorganization project was to make a wall rack for all my AXA QCTP holders. The rack is a fairly simple design, but to longer to make than I expected. Drilling and counter-boring 68 holes was the big time consumer, but required to mount the holders they way I wanted. I wanted the holders orientated just like they would be be on the tool post, so that i could easily recognize what one was what. As with my last several storage projects, it made from Baltic birch plywood, and birch hardwood.
I made this file rack the other day, to free up space in my tool chest. The slots keep the files oriented so they don’t bang into each other. The round recesses capture the ferrule, ensuring the files can’t be accidentally knocked out of the rack when reaching for one.
The first project I used my mill for, was to make a base for it. The primary purpose of the base it to provide a level and rigid platform for the mill to sit on. Having a level mill, lets me use “level” as a reference when setting up a work piece. This often comes in handy when working with oddly shaped, or cumbersome parts. Since my shop floor isn’t flat, the base also guarantees the mill will not rock or vibrate like it did when I initially set it up.
The secondary purpose of the base, is to raise the mill up to a height more comfortable for someone of my stature. As it sits, the top of the table is 41.5″ off the floor, so anything I’m working on is easy to see. The x & y axis wheels are also high enough now, that I don’t have to stoop over to use them.