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    Lathe Milling Attachment

    Anyone know of a vice that will fit on compound feed on my lathe.
    I was looking at John Hinnant's book about cutting the ejector slot using a vice on the compound & a mill cutter in the chuck & figured for no more than it will get used it should work fine, problem is where do I find a vice with the verticle adjustment.

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    What is the make and model of your lathe ?.
    All the milling attachments I have seen only have a vertical feed. The X axis is controled by the cross feed.
    Chuck.
    Last edited by chuck furniss; 01-03-2010 at 04:07 PM.

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    Palmgren makes lathe milling attachments, and are frequently sold on ebay.

    Here is a 400 (larger) and the 250 with a 25' Craftsman tape measure in the photo.

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    Thanks, Ron
    I found one on e-bay brand new.
    I assume they work well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Cutright View Post
    Thanks, Ron
    I found one on e-bay brand new.
    I assume they work well?
    Yea they do, but the costs continue to rise.
    You will probably want a milling machine in the long run. I do, and will get one soon.

    I have found that along with a 5C collet set and one of these, http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?P...PMAKA=235-7050
    You can make all kinds of small parts. Patience is all that is needed..

    Mount your small part in a collet, then the collet in the milling attachment, and you can make anything small. The lathe milling attachment does not have enough rigidity to make anything very large.

    I bought the complete 5C collet set. I will be getting a mill this year. I believe the collet set will be very useful with the milling machine.
    Last edited by Ron of Va; 01-08-2010 at 05:32 PM.

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    Cutting extractor grooves is all I had in mind for it. But then again I know how that goes, next thing ya know I'm using my lathe for a mill as much as a lathe.
    I have a couple of my own rifles that I might rebarrel some time that will need extractor grooves cut in them. I would rather buy the attachment to do it myself than to send out the hole job. Who knows, I might run onto a job or two & make it pay for itself.
    You wanna sell one?

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    Yeah Jay, every shooter who has a lathe and milling machine has paid for them many times over doing those $10 jobs.

    Seriously, the milling attachments do work. The problem with most of them is the depth of the jaws. You'll end up devising better ways to hold your work.

    Ray

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    Just by looking @ the picture it looks like the barrel would want to pop out of the jaws in the middle of a milling operation. Thats why I asked how well it works.
    I'll put it on my list of things to get & figure it out when I see it in person. Just knowing it can be done will make it easier.
    Right now I have a fuel pump to replace in a CTD, this cold weather is getting hard on everything.

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    Jay, I sold the small one. It wasnít ridged enough. The big one is better, but even that one isnít all I expected.

    I just cut an extractor cut in a 10/22 barrel a couple of days ago. I held it in a 5c collet mounted in the square collet block holder.

    If you decide to buy a set of 5c collets just buy the 65 piece import one from Enco. It is on sale now for $229. (The Lyndex set is $899) The import works fine for me, and I couldnít justify the Lyndex, although I am sure they are more accurate. I recommend the 65 piece set because; you can always find a good fit.

    The collet block set can also be mounted in the jaws of your lathe chuck if you want, and the collets will come in handy if you ever make a collet closer for the lathe.

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    I took the advanced machine shop class at Trinidad College last summer and one of my projects was to finish a falling block rifle I had started 25 years ago. I had tapered the barrel and turned it half octogon, half round. The instructor, Keith Gipson helped me set the barrel up in the mill vise on one of the southbend lathes with the end mill in a collet in the head stock. The milling vise was really useful in setting up the tapered barrel to cut the ejector groove.

    I plan on taking more classes this summer. TSJC has a tentative summer schedule available now.

    May 31 - June 4th
    Brownells Custom Bluing - Dave Bennetts
    Scrimshaw - Jim Stevens
    Intro to Gunsmithing - Dave Nolan
    Police Firearms Handgun/Shotgun (law enforcement only) - Jess Gibson

    June 7 - June 11
    Basic Machine Shop - Keith Gipson
    Reloading A - Z - Rich Macholz
    High Pressure High Speed Barrel Reaming - Nathaniel Lambeth

    June 14- June 18
    Intro to Benchrest Barrel Tuners - Ralph Stewart
    National Match AR 15 - John Holliger
    Pneumatic Airgunsmithing - Randy Bimrose
    Advanced Machine Shop - Keith Gipson

    June 21 - June 25
    Stockmaking Week 1 - Clayton Nelson
    Introductory Hand Engraving - Mike Pierson
    Double Guns Week 1 - Dennis Potter
    Single Shot Rifles Week 1 - Glenn Fewless

    June 28 - July 2
    Stockmaking Week 2 - Clayton Nelson
    Welding for Gunsmiths - Vern Paulsen
    Advanced Hand Engraving - Mike Pierson
    Double Guns Week 2 - Dennis Potter
    Single Shot Rifles Week 2 - Glenn Fewless

    July 5 - July 9
    Checkering - Chuck Grace
    Pneumatic Assisted Engraving - Mike Pierson
    Double Action Revolvers - Jess Gibson
    Intro to F-Class Shooting - Larry Bartholome
    Tactical Remington 700 - Phil Lebow

    July 12 - July 16
    Accurizing the Ruger 10-22 - Phil Lebow
    Service Rifles - Harold Thomason
    Take Down Rifles - Leonard Bull

    July 19 - July 23
    Brownells 1911 Handguns - Watkins/Kiesler
    Welding for Gunsmiths - Vern Paulsen
    Action Blueprinting - Christian Hofmiester
    Vintage Metal Finishing - Chuck Grace

    July 26 - July 30
    Precision Bedding - Speedy Gonzalez
    Police Firearms Patrol Rifle (law enforcement only) - Jess Gibson
    Stock Refinishing - Dave Bennetts
    NRA Lab & Independent Study - Dave Nolan

    I also took the 1911 class last summer and it was outstanding. I imagine Speedy's bedding class this summer will fill up fast.

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