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    There are times that I would like to drill an off center/axis hole in a piece that is mounted in lathe chuck without removing and re-chucking it back up. I am thinking that I could find a small drill press or mill head and mount it on the stand behind my SB 10K lathe.

    It would look kind of like a Smithy all in one machine, when done.

    Is this a bad idea?

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    Originally posted by mikem View Post
    There are times that I would like to drill an off center/axis hole in a piece that is mounted in lathe chuck without removing and re-chucking it back up. I am thinking that I could find a small drill press or mill head and mount it on the stand behind my SB 10K lathe.

    It would look kind of like a Smithy all in one machine, when done.

    Is this a bad idea?
    Good idea for drilling not milling. Too much chatter. Put it on a slide on the x axis then you got something!

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    • #3
      There are several folks here that have made drill guides or even mounted hand drills to tool posts to accomplish what you want to do. This is a lot simpler to do than mount a drill press to a lathe.

      Randy
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      • #4
        I don't know where to find the pics now, but Evan mounted a small drill press head on the carriage his SB lathe and posted here many years ago. Stu



        It is now on home made tools
        https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...99553919024560
        Last edited by Stu; 07-07-2017, 06:46 PM.

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        • #5
          One of the uses for the "Versamil" is mounted to the lathe carriage.

          For milling, drilling , even grinding.

          https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=versamil
          CNC machines only go through the motions

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          • #6
            Pretty common with watch and clock stuff......the headstock spindles all have divisions holes built right in for that function. They can be used in the X or Y......or if you want a Y spindle only but with a larger lathe, there are the maximats which are high quality.
            in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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            • #7
              Rivett 608 and related 8" machines have the same sort of indexing system, and attachments were made for every operation you can realistically imagine
              CNC machines only go through the motions

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              • #8
                I have a block that allows me to mount my Unimat spindle on my SB-9. It works nicely for drilling and for light milling. I have other ways for doing heavier milling in the lathe.



                Here you can see it in action milling a flat and drilling holes on a boring bar that I was making in the lathe. The first photo shows a milling cutter in use and the second one shows a drill. Thus I milled a flat and drilled the needed holes with this same set-up, all without taking the part out of the lathe. I did not have a milling machine at that time, but it can also be a time saver as you can do some milling right there in the lathe, instead of transferring to the mill.



                Side note: I needed that boring bar to finish the block itself. The large hole that goes through it (horizontally in the photo) in the rear was made to fit OD of the Unimat column that is mounted to the block by it's base in these photos. The block has a dual purpose as it can be used to mount the Unimat column to the SB lathe or other machines or it can be used in place of the standard, CI bracket that holds the Unimat head on the column. This new block allows a greater throat distance when drilling and milling on the Unimat. It also allows multiple mounting positions for the Unimat head, giving greater versatility in use. And my original CI bracket had developed a crack at the clamping bolt. My new aluminum block has three clamping screws and has shown absolutely no tendency to crack in use. It was important to get that bored hole perpendicular to the faces of the block where the Unimat head would mount and line boring it in the lathe was my choice of methods for that. It came out well.

                Oh, here's a shot of that line boring operation. One tool helped make a second tool and the second tool was used to finish the first one.



                Oh, and I did say I had other ways for milling in the lathe. The table you see in the third photo is my lathe milling table. That Unimat bracket block was milled square and to size in the SB, using that table and a shop made fly cutter.
                Last edited by Paul Alciatore; 07-08-2017, 05:08 PM.
                Paul A.
                SE Texas

                And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
                You will find that it has discrete steps.

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                • #9
                  I have also a steel block that I can use to mount the milling head of my Aciera F1 to replace lathe toolpost.
                  Location: Helsinki, Finland, Europe

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                  • #10
                    Paul, Photobucket is blocking your pictures from displaying.
                    Location: Long Island, N.Y.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, I have made a motor-spindle with a drill chuck that I used in the milling attachment of the SB9A to drill the spoke holes in bike hubs.
                      I will put up some photos later.

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                      • #12
                        Rich, yes, I noticed that this morning. It happened right after this post was made as the photos were there last night. There is no way they are going to get even $50 out of me, much less $400 or more. NO WAY! I think these people have too much money on their own hands and think everyone else does too.

                        I will be looking for a new way to display photos and will try to replace the missing links. I have a lot of posts and limited time so I will take requests.



                        Originally posted by RichR View Post
                        Paul, Photobucket is blocking your pictures from displaying.
                        Paul A.
                        SE Texas

                        And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
                        You will find that it has discrete steps.

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                        • #13
                          Paul, last time I posted pictures I used https://postimg.org. No signup required and I could select multiple images to upload in one shot.
                          Location: Long Island, N.Y.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RichR View Post
                            Paul, last time I posted pictures I used https://postimg.org. No signup required and I could select multiple images to upload in one shot.
                            I vote to use the forums own albums.
                            Amount of experience is in direct proportion to the value of broken equipment.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mikem View Post
                              Is this a bad idea?
                              Heck no. Anything is possible.

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