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John Templeman06/04/2022 20:38:54
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Good Evening All,

I have just completed my first major project on the lathe and mill. I have built myself an Advanced Grinding Rest using the plans from Harold Halls book Milling A Complete Course. I have to say I really enjoyed the project and found some aspects of it really challenging. Now that it is built I am going to strip it down and cold blue some of the components and polish others. I also need to source some countersunk screws for the table as I currently don't have any the correct size. I have attached some photos of it currently and will add some more when I am happy with the final finish (sorry for the orientation of the pics)20220406_183753.jpg20220406_183747.jpg20220406_183800.jpg

Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 07/04/2022 08:39:39

Calum Galleitch06/04/2022 23:44:15
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What lovely looking work, John.

I think Harold later decided to use a couple of cheap magnetic bases in preference to screwing the rest down, as this lets you slide it into approximate position easily without having to set up all the adjustments.

Thor 🇳🇴07/04/2022 05:06:25
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Nice work John, the rest is very useful. Do you plan to make the holder for sharpening lathe tools or the end mill sharpener?


Edited By Thor 🇳🇴 on 07/04/2022 05:07:14

David Noble07/04/2022 09:14:29
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Very nice John.


ega07/04/2022 10:58:09
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Thanks to whoever rotated the pictures which I would otherwise not have looked at.

Those magnetic bases do, of course, require something to stick to!

DMB07/04/2022 11:37:39
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I have almost finished building mine, just got to complete the leadscrews. Busy finishing off the wooden baseboard to mount it and the grinder.

Quite a lot of work but seems worthwhile as it's an awful lot cheaper than the commercial alternatives. Cost of them would buy a hell of a lot of (sharp) new end mills......

Just need now, to experiment with vee block and clamp, rather than make Harold's end mill holder, which seems like anothe small marathon.

Got a decent looking white cup wheel fitted on grinder, so nearly ready to go with better shaped lathe tools to start with, then follow up with end mill and slotter grinding experiment.

DMB07/04/2022 11:43:25
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John Templeman, looks like a well executed job. I obtained most of my screws from a handy local shop which does all kinds of fixings. "Nut & Bolt Store", Portland Road, Hove.

Another John!

John Templeman08/04/2022 07:14:30
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Hi Guys many thanks for the comments and many thanks to S.O.D who kindly rotated the pics to the correct orientation. I intend to make the additional holders for the rest but I am currently resting on my laurels so to speak. I have ordered a large selection of bolts etc from a company called bolt world so waiting for those to arrive. In the meantime everything is going in the sonic bath ready for blueing etc.

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