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Re: [SherlineCNC] Hello..New here, just bought a used 5000

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  • Kenny Gorman
    Good advice, thanks guys! -kg
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 1, 2009
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      Good advice, thanks guys!

      -kg


      On May 29, 2009, at 11:04 AM, Rich Dean wrote:

      >
      >
      > Kenny,
      > an excellent tutorial book is Sherlines "Tabletop Machining".
      > There are several Sherline tool discount resellers (google Sherline).
      > Considering the relatively large parts you plan, you will find
      > cranking
      > the small handles will get tiresome quickly. CNC is your friend ;-)
      > I do similar work and use 3/16 carbide endmills almost exclusively
      > if possible. 5-8 IPM in 1/8 aluminum fully thru in one pass followed
      > by
      > a small finish pass. Cutting fluid application is very important as al
      > tends to choke up the cutter flutes real quick.
      > Angle brackets I make from extruded al stock or brake sheet to form.
      > A "Screw machine" drill set (short shank) will save a lot of vertical
      > head movement.
      > Get on the ENCO and MSC Industrial email discount notifications.
      > Harbor Freight has frequent email discounts and some useful tools.
      > All have snailmail fliers/catalogs as well.
      > Wholesale Tool Co. is another.
      > There are many online Sherline biz and personal sites to look up.
      > Be safe - have fun.
      > -=RichD=-
      >
      > Kenny Gorman wrote:
      > > I bought a used 5000 series mill on craigslist just the other day
      > > because of the good price. I have a couple of newbie questions.
      > >
      > > I intend to mill T6061 into various small custom brackets, adapters,
      > > and mounts for our motorsports business. Mainly to hold motorsports
      > > sensors. Perhaps eventually going CAD/CAM CNC (I know CAD very well
      > > already). Most parts will be flat or 'L' shaped brackets most less
      > > than 6" square and likely 1/8" thick. I don't currently have any
      > > experience with machining at all. Like zero. I believe the 5000 is
      > > up for the task right?
      > >
      > > I believe I will need to end mill, drill, and possibly bore various
      > > holes and shapes. I will likely use a bender on finished parts vs
      > > trying to make 'L' brackets out of one billet piece (I think..). The
      > > 5000 came with various collets and the milling vice.
      > >
      > > Anyone know what types of tools to get? I know I need an end-mill
      > and
      > > a drill setup at a minimum. I am thinking I might need a turn plate
      > > to do larger holes? Where is the best place to get this stuff?
      > > Sherline direct? I was hoping there would be a 'starter kit' of
      > tools
      > > for newb's like me.
      > >
      > > Anyone got a good reference for a newbie like me to help me get
      > > started with the basics? Sorry if these questions are silly.
      > >
      > > Thanks in advance!
      > > Kenny
      > snippppppppppppp
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    • Vince
      Unless you are talking about 3-5 pieces a month you should look into one of the many places that does laser cutting or CNC punching. Their tooling charges are
      Message 2 of 6 , Jun 3, 2009
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        Unless you are talking about 3-5 pieces a month you should look into one of the many places that does laser cutting or CNC punching. Their tooling charges are low and per part cost very reasonable. I would only use the Sherline for prototyping.

        We have used www.farwestfabricators.com www.accrafab.com but there are many many others to pick from.

        The sherline is handy but not really for production work.... unless it's very minor or very low volume.

        Vince


        --- In SherlineCNC@yahoogroups.com, Kenny Gorman <kgorman@...> wrote:
        >
        > I bought a used 5000 series mill on craigslist just the other day
        > because of the good price. I have a couple of newbie questions.
        >
        > I intend to mill T6061 into various small custom brackets, adapters,
        > and mounts for our motorsports business. Mainly to hold motorsports
        > sensors. Perhaps eventually going CAD/CAM CNC (I know CAD very well
        > already). Most parts will be flat or 'L' shaped brackets most less
        > than 6" square and likely 1/8" thick. I don't currently have any
        > experience with machining at all. Like zero. I believe the 5000 is
        > up for the task right?
        >
        > I believe I will need to end mill, drill, and possibly bore various
        > holes and shapes. I will likely use a bender on finished parts vs
        > trying to make 'L' brackets out of one billet piece (I think..). The
        > 5000 came with various collets and the milling vice.
        >
        > Anyone know what types of tools to get? I know I need an end-mill and
        > a drill setup at a minimum. I am thinking I might need a turn plate
        > to do larger holes? Where is the best place to get this stuff?
        > Sherline direct? I was hoping there would be a 'starter kit' of tools
        > for newb's like me.
        >
        > Anyone got a good reference for a newbie like me to help me get
        > started with the basics? Sorry if these questions are silly.
        >
        > Thanks in advance!
        > Kenny
        >
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