Re: [mill_drill] Re: Was (e: Mill Has Arrived) Is: Steel Stand
- Well, the weight of the mill and the rest of the stand is about 1,000lbs
or so... With 2x2x.25 tubing, supported at the ends, with the ends free,
deflection at the center would be roughly .086", which would translate
into being "springy". A simple hockey puck foot in the middle would make
a huge difference though.
Also, for the type of loading that you're looking at, a 1x3x.125 would
be less springy than a 2x2x1/4 (deflection ~.040). A 30" span, 2x2x1/4,
deflection would be ~0.020. 30" span, 2x2x1/8 would be ~0.040.
(These figures aren't entirely accurate as the weight is not all exactly
centered. Assuming that the 48" wide piece is welded to the bottom of
the drawer assembly, you're actually looking at the springiness of the
distance between the side of the drawer assembly and the foot..)
With a hockey puck foot in the middle, deflection would be essentially 0
regardless of the span.
Unfortunately I don't recall the exact width of the bottom of my stand,
but it was around 24-30" and it was quite tall - at least 8-10" taller
than the stock stand. It was very stable.
>I'm not dead set on any width, just dead set on getting it right the
>first time. It needs to be stable and strong. As far as the
>springiness goes, doesn't it depend on the strength of the steel? I
>would think 2" square with 1/4" wall tubing would not be springy but
>I'm not a mechanical engineer so maybe I'm expecting too much. I was
>originally going to use 2" x 3" with 1/4" wall tubing for the 48"
>piece but when I heard that stands are being made with 1/8" wall
>tubing I thought that might be overkill as well as expensive.
Ah, now I see. Yes, 3" of plywood is substantial!
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In a message dated 6/6/2008 11:21:07 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
The backboard is not structural at all. Just held on by shelf brackets. I
think the main stifness comes from the 3" or so of plywood. The mill is only
fastened to the top and not to the steel frame. The part under the top is
an "H" section on edge... It is fairly heavy tube but it was what I had in the
As far as the height goes .. I am 5' 9" and it is most comfortable to sit on
a short stool in front of the mill. Without the power crossfeed and DRO it
would be too low to read the dials comfortably. The way it is it works great
for me and I can still reach the head with it cranked up all the way.
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