My new HF X2 mill -"cnc"version

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My new HF X2 mill -"cnc"version

Post by nc cooter » Sun May 04, 2008 6:42 am

I received my new mill about 5wks ago and have been building a stand and adding some upgrades. (BTW, in my case, cnc means "crank n cuss") :D

The stand is an old Kennedy tool box. It was the right price, free. It needed a good cleaning, new paint, one replacement handle and new drawer liners. Made a top from scrap 2x4's and 3/4" plywood to give more height. Don't laugh too much at the color, it was what I had on hand.

The mill is mounted to a 1/2" scrap steel plate and a 9x7x6 angle plate was added to stiffen the Z axis. An air spring kit and a belt drive kit were added to improve performance.(LMS)

Spent most of yesterday tramming and mounting a 3"heavy Kurt clone vise.(LMS) Being a total newbie probably tripled the time involved, but I am very satisfied with the results.

Late last night I finally tried my hand at milling. Took a small piece of 3/8" scrap mild steel and took it down to 1/4" and milled a 1/8" through slot about 1" long. It only took about 20min to make the slot. Most amazing was the fact I didn't break anything with all those RPM's, chiploads, feed speeds, etc running around in my old brain!

Here are some pics.

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Thanks for all the input and help.

Mike

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Post by seal killer » Sun May 04, 2008 4:54 pm

Mike--

Welcome to the forum!

It looks neat. I bet you were on pins and needles as those very first chips were created!

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Re: My new HF X2 mill -"cnc"version

Post by Jose Rivera » Sun May 04, 2008 6:29 pm

nc cooter wrote:I received my new mill about 5wks ago and have been building a stand and adding some upgrades. (BTW, in my case, cnc means "crank n cuss")
Mike
Sorry, if it wasn't for Seal Killer mentioning that you're a new member I would have not welcome you.

Mainly new users introduce themselves as "new here", but you did not and I got confused with a member that was converting one of those mills to CNC.

Your member name misguided me assuming that this was a CNC mill and I could not see anything resembling a CNC.

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Post by nc cooter » Sun May 04, 2008 7:15 pm

I am so sorry. I thought I introduced my self when I joined the forum.
I am a hobbiest knife maker/blacksmith and this is my first venture in machining. I wanted a mill/drill to make slots in knife guards and drill more accurite holes for handle pins. This X2 was all I could afford, because money and space is at a premium. I have been gleaning all the info I can find in a number of forums.
Again, my apology for lack of introduction and the lame "cnc joke"

Mike

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mill joke

Post by steamin10 » Sun May 04, 2008 9:00 pm

NOT really so lame. I gottsa Enco 1978 mill, that has metric screws and inch dials. Generates a huge error over a few inches. THAT my friend is Crank And Cuss...
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