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i fabricated a z axis for my legacy ornamental mill model 1800 using 3/8" and 1/4" thick 6061 T6 plate aluminum, 1/4" x 1.25 6061 T6 angle aluminum. holes were drilled and tapped with 1/4-20 and 10-32 threads, and am using lock washers on every hex screw, should any screws work loose i will add loctite to the threads. i added 4 caster wheels with brakes to the legs, i changed the orientation of the router and am using a porter cable 3 1/4 horse power 7518 soft start electronic variable speed router. the z axis is a ball screw with an acme threaded rod used on cnc machines. i added a digital depth gauge and the router has 8" of downward travel. the machine seems to be a lot tighter with closer tolerances. the first picture is before and the next picture is after. i cut all the aluminum on my 12" dewalt 60 tooth carbide tipped power miter slider saw. it was the first time i cut aluminum, it cut the 3/8" thick plate aluminum very easily.
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Looks awesome. Well made project, I especially like the digital indicator. A lot easier to use than feeler Gages I imagine.
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that is awesome...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Great Project for the shop!

I agree with Doug the addition of the digital indicator is a big plus when trying to make adjustment.

Now that you have it built I look forward to seeing some projects you make.
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Very nice work, both your design and fabrication. N
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I had to fabricate a steel shaft to go from 1/4" id to 1/2" od. i had some extra steel shaft laying around so i cut it to size, drilled out one end to 1/4" id using a cobalt drill bit made by dewalt. I drilled out holes for the hex set screws and tapped them to 10-32 and 1/4-20.
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you have talent....

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Hi, Dave.

Congratulations!!! I like the hand-wheel system. Maybe I´ll copy that for my homemade machine.

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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i bought the hand wheel on ebay, it had a around 1" inside diameter and no set screw, i filled in the 1" hole with some paste epoxy with metal and drilled out a 1/2" hole, then drilled and taped 10-32 holes for the set screw, the hand wheel is solid aluminum. i can remove the hand wheel any time and add a stepper motor if i wanted to. i think the hand wheel is 5" or 6" diameter.
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