You can use hardware stuff, but the most useful thing that I've found for
clamping things on the faceplate is the clamping kit for the minimill
(which is sold by LittleMachineShop, among other places). The small and
middle-size clamps are the most useful, but the big ones can also be used
as spacers or counterweights. For some faceplate jobs, the bolts in the
clamping kit aren't short enough, but the threads are 3/8"-16, so you can
just get some 3/8" threaded rod and cut it with your parting tool to make
shorter bolts. Another useful thing is a set of 1-2-3 blocks, $10 or so
from Enco or similar discount place. These are metal blocks full of
holes that are also threaded 3/8"-16, and with them in combination with
the clamping kit (plus random bolts, etc.) you can do a lot of faceplate
Remember that setups on a milling table don't have to stand up to being
whirled around. After I set up something on the faceplate, I rotate it
to be sure nothing hits, then I use hot-melt glue, Crazy Glue, and
sometimes duct tape to make sure nothing can possibly come loose on me.
Mike Taglieri -- miket-nyc@...
On Tue, 30 Sep 2003 17:44:30 -0000 "nate foerg"
>.... also, what is the best thing for the faceplate to clamp down small
> parts to it??? can i just use hardware store nuts and bolts?
> i also am looking for a cheap live center that has multiple bits
> are interchangeable. cant find one on LMS. got suggestions???
> thanks to everyone who told me to buy this version of the mini
> lathe!!! it was a GOOD suggestion at the right price.
> i need to add milling capability to this lathe soon. got affordable
> suggestions?? anyone got a used milling attachment for sale?? i have
> got a wire welder, mabie someone has plans for a good milling setup
> can bolt onto this lathe???
> any and all suggestions are welcome. please help me get started
> nate foerg
> ann arbor michigan.
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