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  1. Here is another option for desktop mills. It is from a UK company Warco http://www.warco.co.uk/milling-machines/32-wm-16-variable-speed-milling-machine.html They offer a big range of sizes and functionality as well as a host of tooling and other options plus very competitive prices. I offer up this because I have just bought the one shown, just waiting for delivery, very excited. Nick
  2. Hi hjx Thanks for the details and photos. Does your friend market them? Do you have a link of something? nick
  3. A further note, hjx. Could you tell us which type of machine you use? Do you have any photos of it please. Thanks Nick
  4. Hi hjx Thanks for the comments. Rigidity is certainly an important factor especially to achieve a decent accuracy. But these are not milling machines so I would only expect to be taking light cuts. That is why I hope to evaluate our work one, so far it looks good, but it has not been challenged, it's mostly used for foam cutting. I don't think I have a great need for a fourth axis. That would be useful for rotating the work piece whilst machining, like turning. But I can handle that on a lathe. Being able to approach the work with the spindle at an angle is not something I think I need. But I will update this subject as I move further forward. Thanks Nick
  5. I have let the subject of a new tool rest for a bit but I'm picking it back up now. Part of the reason is that we recently got one at my workplace. It is a different type of design to the ones I was looking at, but more suitable for the things I need it for. Most relevant is that the type I am now considering use a commercially available router for the cutting spindle (Dewalt or Makita) That then comes with a 1/4 chuck so is a lot more flexible with regard to tools it will accept and is also made to specifically resist some side loading. So is capable of milling in wood across 3 axis. This is the design I am considering, and is the one we have at work, there are a couple of alternative suppliers: Prices are more but still keeping me interested. This type including router, milling kit, controller and software is circa £1300 for 750mm x 500mm bed with 140mm Z axis. I intend to get to know the one at work a little first then probably go for it. The other thing that I like is that the ones I am looking at are UK or US made. The two that look best to me are https://www.robotshop.com/uk/carbide3d-shapeoko-3-robust-cnc-router-kit-us.html and http://ooznest.co.uk/3D-Printer-CNC-Kits-Bundles/OX-CNC-Machine/OX-CNC-Full-Kit Nick
  6. I use a very similar thing but it is rechargeable. If you search for manicurist drill you should find a few around. Most have a poor chucking arrangement but I found one with an 1/8 collet so my smaller drills and tools fit well. Nick
  7. Hi Jim Sorry I missed your reply a while ago. But thanks for the picture. I should recognise it certainly, I worked for a while in Priddy's Hard, Gosport side as you say 'at the back' of Portsmouth Harbour. My window looked out directly onto the redundant ships, up for sale or waiting scrap, mostly RFA's and the like. Certainly brightened our day when the SBS used them to train in ship assaults, air-borne and sea-borne. Also the Vanguard trying to get a last pint in the Still & West reminds me of the photo still hanging in the pub. I'm still enjoying seeing your work immensely, and your work rate is staggering. all the best Nick
  8. Wonderful work Jim, I could look at these for hours. Especially nice seeing settings I know. You should be congratulated on not just the quality but also the quantity by the sounds of it. Nick
  9. If you only want it for small drills and other rotary jobs then a 'Dremel' is most people's default.
  10. The evolution of a workshop, love it Helmut. It's funny how a lot of us seem to get as much enjoyment in organising our tools as we do modelling. Nick
  11. Nice going on the kit Erik. I like some of the changes to the kit you are making. Keep the updates coming Nick
  12. Indeed Wefalck. The company was Zmorph and tools was Zmorph VX Nick
  13. A few days ago I visited a trade fair for 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing as part of my day job. I noticed a great little filament machine that was boasting multiple interchangeable heads. That included a router head and a laser cutter head as well as a few different printing heads. The laser was limited to paper and card really but the router head was cutting and carving some pretty nice details in wood to about an inch depth.
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