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Rotary table on small mill

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Roger Best18/10/2021 19:35:29
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Hi folks

I had reason to radius a sturdy piece of bar so I exhumed a rotary table that my brother gave me 10 years ago. It was surplus to his requirements, he had another and this was missing a drive gear and handle.

Its a monster, 300 mm diameter; I could only just lift it and I am sure I did myself a mischief loading it on.

The bar was stainless, about 50 years old and work-hardened like **** so after breaking a 7.5mm drill I decided to preserve my end mills and use an angle grinder and file for finishing the ends.

Anyhow the milling machine coped well with the weight, the handles needing little more effort than normal.

The turntable has a skirt on its base that needs to go to get the spindle over its centre but that is not the end of the world and I won't be flood cooling, so the loss of the lip isn't a big deal either.

What I do like is the graduations on the periphery, with such a huge circumference they are 2.6mm apart so its easy to position by hand for most simple applications.

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All this fuss to keep the dogs in.

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Cheers, Rog

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