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Let's See Your Mini Lathe/mill Setups!

Discussion in 'MINI-LATHE & MINI-MILL INFORMATION' started by heliyardsale, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. heliyardsale

    heliyardsale United States Active Member Active Member

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    So I recently purchased both a Sherline 2000 8-way mill and a 4400C DRO package lathe. I'm in the process figuring out how I want to set these machines up. I've been thinking about buying something like this and pulling the casters off to make it stationary. This way I would have plenty of tool storage right under the machines. What are you folks using for your bases? Feel free to post up photos please.

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    kvt Active User Active Member

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    That looks better than what I have, when I got mine from my father in laws estate. They were each mounted to a metal stand from Sears, with 1" ply over 1" planks it kept things nice and flat, but each machine had it's own stand.
     
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    Here is what I have, very much the same butcher block table top like you have in the picture. Right now I have the mini lathe tucked in right behind the mill.

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    I dont have any photos of my little 8x12 hft lathe, but i mounted it on a 3 drawer craftsman lower tool box. (Should have found one with more drawers but it was only $10). I reinforced the corners with bedframe angle iron and self tapping sheet metal screws. The bottom was very flimsy too so i made a "movers dolly" with 2x4s and heavy casters. For the top i used ½ inch plywood and covered that with a dog kennel plastic floor pan. The plywood and lathe is bolted down in a few spots with some large fender washers.
     
  5. higgite

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    heliyardsale,

    I have a Little Machine Shop 8.5x20 lathe sitting atop the exact tool chest that you have pictured. I left mine on casters so I can roll it in and out of the corner as needed. Plus, I'm tall and like the additional height. The lathe weighs in at 220 lbs plus the drawers are full of tools, tool holders, change gears, spare chucks, etc. Works like a champ.

    Tom

    Edit: I take it back. My tool chest isn't exactly the same as you pictured. Mine is the 46" model with different drawer arrangement. Same brand, same construction, though.

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    heliyardsale United States Active Member Active Member

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    Thanks everyone, great looking setups.
     
  7. wrmiller

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    When I had my smaller machines this was a pretty good setup for me.

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    heliyardsale United States Active Member Active Member

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    Very nice setup wrmiller
     
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    Could you explain what's going on in the picture. Lots of interesting things
    I've never seen before.
     
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    The cross slide has 2 AXA QCTP, the back one for parting. There is a DC motor drive for cross slide as these do not have power drive for facing or parting. The large handwheel is to drive the the TS.

    The control boxes you see on the top left, one is for the DC motor driving the spindle, the other is the DRO box. The latter is not being used right now.

    Here is how I use the steering wheel on the TS, turning cartridge case necks.



    In case you are wondering what large gear sticking out on the left side of the HS in the original picture, it is normally the middle gear, I swapped it with gear box drive gear to slow down the carriage drive when turning. On manual operation I just kick out to disengage it, so I don't have to run the gear box.

    I do not use this lathe for threading, I will eventually remove the cross slide and just bolt on a metal block for the QCTP.
     
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    Thanks for the tour.
     
  12. DAT510

    DAT510 United States H-M Supporter - Premium Content H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Bamban, I like your sliding tail stock mod. Can you show us more of how you converted it?
     
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    I'll fill in the low-rent end of the spectrum...
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    This is a temporary setup. The top is 2 layers of 3/4 MDF with white laminate on all faces to help resist movement from changes in humidity (a serious problem in Georgia). The laminate is also impervious to most solvents, fluids,etc., resists dings and dents, is easy to clean, and it provides a nice surface for jotting down notes, measurements, etc.

    IMO, that wood top would look nice, but you should use it elsewhere and drop in a laminated version instead.

    Eventually I will have a decent cabinet under it, but the sawhorse setup works well enough for now :grin:
     
  14. DHarris

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    Cavediver, can I join you in the low-rent end of the spectrum? IMG_20170618_173927888.jpg
     
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    In What category would this be? Mini, micro or nano workshop?
    Just 2m x 3m metric


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    Thank you. The stupidest thing I ever did was sell that little SB1001 lathe in the background. I've been trying to buy it back ever since, but my friend won't even consider it.

    I may have to steal it... :cautious:
     
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    I got everyone beat on low end Mill stands. I have my LMS High-Torque on a cut-off piece of Formica counter top, sitting on the bed of my 60", cast iron, Oliver wood lathe. The Grizzly G0602 lathe is happily nested on a heavy duty base built between 2 oak, built-in storage closets.
     

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  18. DHarris

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    Zathros - your "shop" looks like it's in a very small / tight space - and you've made full use of every square inch!
     
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    I would say "closet size", but still a few steps above the "pocket size" workshop.

    By the way, due to the way you posted your pictures, they appear as simple red X's inline when using a web browser on a Win7 PC. I had to use a little trick to see them.

    When using tap-a-talk there is a special way to post them so everyone can see them. Here's a link:
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    Stand corrected,
    Its Tiny but got almost all, large tools like ciculair saw table etc is in another storage.
    Well all I can say it's dutch way of saving valueble space.
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    Hope they're visable now.
    Grts.
    T.
    Btw, i've got à IT space like this on the 1st Floor also. Now the kids are gone have more fragmented. Backroom is the bicycle studio. And My terestial telescope travels from room to room.


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    Actually it's about 7 m below sea level.


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  23. DHarris

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    Hoi Zathros, I have a friend who lives & works in Middleburg (we worked for the same company) and have traveled there a number of times. On one trip he took me to the "highest point" in Zeeland - it was on a bridge - don't remember the name or what it was over - - and was never really sure that he wasn't just pulling my leg. Truly beautiful country and people - some of the best of both I've had the good fortune to be associated with.

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    Here's my work space. I have entirely too much crap stuffed along one wall of a two-car garage. Believe it or not, I still get two cars in here too.

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    Bambam-That is the most complicated mini lathe I have ever seen !!!:) Do you also have a larger lathe to fit in with that Bridgeport mill?
     
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    Here is mine. First photo is a Grizzly G0781 mini-mill on a watchmaker's bench, next is my Sherline bench which started out years ago as a railroad modeling bench. Last is my MaxiMat7 lathe.
     

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    It is a complicated 9x20 lathe, I do have larger ones, lol....


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    I picked up a Husky roll around work bench like the ones pictured in the first few posts. It's a good stand for my 7 x 14 Grizzly lathe. It's not as heavy as a Snap On toolbox, but it works well enough and doesn't cost a fortune.
     
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    Hi I'm new here and just finding my way around the sight .Here are a few snaps of my hobby room here in Thailand. Not perfect by any means but keeps my days occupied .

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    Welcome to HM Moper. Nice shop.
     

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