View Full Version : Time To Make A Stand

04-30-2005, 11:53 AM
Well it's all broke down.

Between life's little interruption I managed to disassemble the mill I bought. This one must of been made on a Wednesday or when Head Honcho was touring factory. I'm quite impressed with the fit and finish on all it's parts. No sand or flash trash to be found. The only thing I could find was a small burr on the end of the worm screw for the rack and pinion that raises the head. Boy what a heavy bugger even tore down to parts.

Ok so now I'm about to make a stand for it... I had some 2x4x1/8" tube on hand so that's what I'm making the main frame out of. I've been mulling over the height I should make it. The stand they sell for these mills has a 19 1/2" H. anyone have their mill set on one of these... if so how is the working height? Or maybe better asked at what height is you mill table set at and are you happy or if you had it to do over. What would you do different this time?


Forrest Addy
04-30-2005, 12:53 PM
I don't know what kind of mill you refer to but benches and machine tables and stuff seem to work best for me if they're about belt buckle high.

04-30-2005, 02:07 PM
I extended the factory stand so that the top of the mill table is 46" above the floor.

FWIW the center height on the lathe is at 50" (it was 7" lower from the factory).

Barry Milton

04-30-2005, 04:12 PM
Sorry about that... this is the mill I picked up.

precisionworks: that would make your stands table height about 36"?

[This message has been edited by Tinkerer (edited 04-30-2005).]

04-30-2005, 05:56 PM
LOL... I think Barry is 6'11" or so. I wouldn't put it so high that you need a stepstool to work the down feed. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Make the stand work for you. Imagine standing at your mill for an hour or two. Make it fit YOU. You'll be glad you did.

Your Old Dog
04-30-2005, 06:37 PM
Tinkerer, I have the same setup. My stand is 19 1/2. From the floor to the bed is 29 inches. My RT is 4". That brings me to 33". I'm going to raise my stand 4inches as I would like to be around 36 to 37 inches to top of the RT. I'm 6ft tall.

BTW, glad to hear you're satisfied with yours. I haven't had a chance to pull mine down yet to check it out. Just finishing up my shop and didn't want to do that job till shop was done.


04-30-2005, 09:14 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Tinkerer:
Sorry about that... this is the mill I picked up.

precisionworks: that would make your stands table height about 36"?

Interested to see how this works out for you. Made in India or China?

04-30-2005, 09:21 PM

You're exactly right, 36" to the top of the stand.

Ken, only 6'1". The distance from my elbow to the floor is 45" + 1" of rubber cushion pad, so this puts the mill table at a really convenient height. I can stand for hours without a backache as no bending is involved.

As Ken said, the height has to fit the user. My Dake arbor press is mounted on top of a stand 52" high, which puts the press table only slightly below my eye level. Since I can still reach up & grab the handle it works well.

But some of my friends have to use a stool...............................

Barry Milton

05-01-2005, 01:26 AM
That looks very similar to my 7045.The stand I got with it was 16" high!I got another 12" built on top,making it a comfortable height for me.Only problem is i can't wind the head up too high,hits my 6'ceiling http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif


Dave Opincarne
05-01-2005, 02:08 AM

05-01-2005, 02:27 AM
The phrase isn't "Time to MAKE a stand." but "It is time to TAKE a stand."


Forrest Addy
05-01-2005, 02:36 AM
Dave Opincarne.

Is that your shop? It's far too clean and orderly.

You need hills of junk, stacks of half finished projects, and stuff too good to throw out to set it off. You're never gonna get a spread in "This Old Eyesore" with that tidy operation.

Dave Opincarne
05-01-2005, 04:09 PM
Yea, shop's relativly orginized, but don't ask about the atached studio apartment. I posted this to show the stand for the mill. I didn't take this shot to specificly show the stand, but I think it can be seen. It is welded 1/8" angle, forming an inverted right triangle. I've welded short tabs at the front and at an appropriate leangth in the back to form a basket to take the base. It is also through bolted to the mill and held to the wall by a series of Hilti anchor bolts. It frees up the area under the floor and a small shelf can be fitted under the mill. I also make use of old metal desks in the shop. They're cheap and hold small machines well.

Dave Opincarne
05-01-2005, 04:11 PM
The stuff to good to throw out is stored in the backs of the truck and landcruiser in the driveway, in the neighbors garage and around the side of the house. Generaly I try to keep the shop limited to tools and current projects. The exception is bike storage.

Dave Opincarne
05-01-2005, 04:16 PM
Here's a litle better picture, hope it gives someone some ideas.


05-01-2005, 07:04 PM
I do like the granite bar, it looks real flat.

05-01-2005, 09:44 PM
10 demerits for that electric cord crossing the floor though. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

05-01-2005, 09:53 PM
I am quite short, (4'2 1/2" American,128 cm Canadian). I have or in the process of lowering my machines; lathe, mill drill, drill press, hydraulic press, vertical bandsaw, tool and cutter grinder, and benches. I have put a lot of thought into this matter. I have found the lowest height should be when your operating hand is comfortably able to turn the lowest hand wheel, that is commonly used without bending over. This way you do not quickly become tired with a sore back. Because of my shorter reach I still have problems reaching other controls sometimes. My bench heights are at 24" or 60 cm just so the tips of my fingers will just touch the top of the bench with the palms not touching.

05-02-2005, 07:47 PM
Looks just like the Harbor Freight mill I bought this spring. I'm 6'1" and built the stand 36". Seems OK.

Thing I did right building the stand:

Made it heavy.

Put it on feet (2x3/8 bar). Cut the bar long enough to overhang one side of the leg 2 or 3 inches so you have room to drill through it for an anchor into the floor.

Didn't paint it. New ideas for retrofit have already come up (such as)

Things I need to do:

Add two shelves at the same height as and just behind the mill table. One each to store the vice and rotary tables. Let the IBEWGipsie get all the back aches I don't ne http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v494/gkman/milltable.jpg ed 'em.