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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    I'm finally getting around to working on things related to the mill. I've had the stand and enclosure drawn up for a while but no time to work on it. I'm prototyping in wood first and will use this stand for a while until I have a permanent home for the mill. This has to nestle in the garage with the 3 cars and everything else so I'm trying t keep it as compact as possible. Since the all the electronics will be housed below the enclosure I'm casting a fiberglass pan and will be glassing around the enclosure on the side the electronics will reside in. I got the first coupe layers of glass down on the pan plug today. If I can find time this week to keep working on it the pan should be done by next weekend.

    This is where I'm headed.













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    Got a couple more layers of glass on the tray this afternoon.

    Last edited by Kenny Duval; 05-05-2014 at 10:52 PM.


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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    Some more progress is made. The pan is off the buck, bonded to the stand shell, sanded and coated.







    Next it's on to building the 2 acrylic pans. One for the coolant and pump...the other to catch and filter the chips.



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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    Got some time to work on things this weekend. Got the insides of the cavities lined with Lexan to add an additional layer of protection from leaks for the electronics. I also got started building the chip drawer and coolant container.





    I was pleased that after not touching the mill for several months that it fired right up and worked perfectly.



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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    Tonight's progress. Chip drawer is built. I'll make the screen insert tomorrow.







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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    Just about ready to drop the mill in it.





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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    Filled up the tank. Plugged in the pump and suspended a temporary hose to see what the volume of liquid being pulled from the tank would be. This also served as pump and leak testing for me. Everything looks good at this point. It holds 7 gallons of fluid just as the cad program had calculated.



    Time to drop the mill in it and start working on the upper portion of the enclosure and getting the plumbing started.



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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    More progress. She's in her new home. Time to start plumbing, wiring and building the enclosure.







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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    Nice!. What in the World are vehicles in the shop for?

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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    Until I can get a lot on either side of me purchased it's a shoparage.



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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    More progress today. It's bolted down and cabled up and running. I had to make some adjustments to my travels as I forgot the stick out of the screw on the right end of the table and was able to bump it into the side of the tub. Made some plexi covers for the X and Y steppers. Tomorrow is making the mount for the front way cover and tossing up the temporary shower curtain enclosre so I can start making all the mount brackets for the 80/20.



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    Default Re: New guy..with a used mill has a question.

    Another good day of progress. Got most of the coolant system completed and got a temporary enclosure tossed around it. The local Ace was out of the 1/2" slip fit connectors I needed so I grabbed some threaded units and took it as a chance to get a little practice using the machine. I still struggle with the workflow a little. Made the y axis way cover bracket using just the MDI in a pseudo manual fashion. Again to start imprinting into my brain the +/- direction of each axis. Since I have little to no experience using a mill manually I don't want to be completely dependent on the Cam software to be able to do anything.

    I'm at a stand still until the part for the coolant nozzles and my coolant get here.



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