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Moved Mill to a new home
« on: June 01, 2018, 03:25:39 AM »
I have been looking for a wider cabinet for my Wabeco mill. It was a CNC mill and will be again but it needed a better home than the 30in cabinet it was on. I have done a full RnR on this mill after a garage fire, that left it in bad shape and cooked the CNC parts.

So I found a 46in wide x 24 deep Husky cabinet last week. I had also wanted something with drawers vs the shelves for access. Plus at $350 vs the 1000+ I have been seeing it was an easy decision. Siting on the old 32 inch cabinet the tray and X bedway hung off the sides while working.

Had a buddy at scouts make me a galv cover for it that fit great and the youngest and I did the swap today. I already had an attached chip tray that got in the way a little, but we got it.

I need to reconfigure the wheels on my cherry picker as they won't go under the cabinets, but that is for another day.

Started by cleaning it off some and wrapped a lift strap around the motor. This is a tabletop mill but still goes at around 200lb and is solid. We added double tape to tray under just the mill base. Then we centered and dropped it down, using a piece of flooring to get it centered before setting it down. I will then add a silicon bead around the tray keeping the nasty's from under it.

I had to use wood and clamps to hold it as I slid the flooring out. Rear mark was a little off but it was dead on in the front and the rear was flush with the cabinet back so I was happy.
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Re: Moved Mill to a new home
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 03:28:01 AM »
Here is the cover my buddy made. I think it is 18g and it fits great. I used a drop of silicon on the corners as they are open to the wood.
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Re: Moved Mill to a new home
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2018, 03:36:14 AM »
Next I transferred all the tooling and such from the little cabinet to the new one. Half of this tooling is for my Emco Maximat lathe/mill. This is not the mill I just moved, it is parts of the lathe!

I thin the tooling is worth more than the lathe itself. This is all original Emco stuff from grinders to drill chucks the size of my hand. 4 jaw lathe chuck, rotary table and all kinds of custom tooling.
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Re: Moved Mill to a new home
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2018, 03:45:29 AM »
A couple pics also show how I put a DRO on it. Pretty simple for around $100 and it works fine.

On the new cabinet the X table now stays over the cabinet less the handle on the right.

Here is a pic of the mill after the fire in '06, only hard part replaced was the motor head.
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Re: Moved Mill to a new home
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 09:08:32 AM »
Nice upgrade JR
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Re: Moved Mill to a new home
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2018, 09:11:36 AM »
Very nice. I look forward to the day I have a similar setup.
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Re: Moved Mill to a new home
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2018, 10:18:50 AM »
Hass has some pretty good hobby mills also. This guy is local to me which helps.
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Re: Moved Mill to a new home
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2018, 10:26:06 AM »
Did your friend also build the top on your Craftsman in the background? Looks similar

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Re: Moved Mill to a new home
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2018, 10:35:53 AM »
Those are about 15 year old and came with the tops. Had them in a trailer before.
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