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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 02:54 pm
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Daniel Osvaldo Caso
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Hi Allen
I milled a length of basswood with the shape and with the Proxxon little saw cut enough 1mm slices of it for the whole roof."Milling' sound much too serious: it was simply using an appropriate quarter round mill bit in the Proxxon motor mounted on the milling attachment.
NO 29 040   Edge cutterwith pin 5.0mm


It wasn't that what made Magoo hate me but glueing them all and more or less accurately in place.Of course, it would have been more precise to use a piece of material as spacer but then I should have to wait until the glue of each one was set before glueing the next one and such a patience has never been seen in my area.  :us:


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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 03:13 pm
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Allen Gardner
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Thanks Daniel. I’ve often thought how useful a mill would be and wondered if I could use milling cutters in my Proxxon bench dril and I’ve an x-y table to move the work past the cutter. It would be small stuff obviously, wood, perhaps brass. What do you think? I’ve often been tempted to just try it but feared damaging the drill .



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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 04:33 pm
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Sorry, Allen, I shoud have talk more accurately: I didn't use a milling machine but a router!
Mine -a danielized version- is a very old Proxxon attachment with a Proxxon hand motor mounted on an improvised MDF box.
I doubt the same attachment is still being made by Proxxon but they make nowadays two alternatives:

a much cheaper router attachment that would do too:

Proxxon Router Base OFV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTf700oHz00


and, for those who can afford it, their Rolls-Roice version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daiNpjiuRoE


My danielized-version is this:

P2070400 (3) by Daniel Osvaldo Caso, on Flickr

P2070401 (2) by Daniel Osvaldo Caso, on Flickr

P2070402 (2) by Daniel Osvaldo Caso, on Flickr

P2070404 (2) by Daniel Osvaldo Caso, on Flickr

Yes, ugly but effective. :us:


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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 04:38 pm
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But if you have the hand motor and a drill press you are done. All you need is to add a wooden 'table' to the drill press base and a lenght of strip wood or metal fastened to the wooden table with one bolt at one end so it can pivot making possible to vafr the distance to the milling bit (router bit?) and a way to fasten the pivoting guide in the desired position. (I have done that with a metal 'C' clamp for years and without trouble.)


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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 04:44 pm
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Back to your question, Allen:

Adding a crosstable to the Proxxon drill press is doable but only for light work.
I do that sometimes (after all, lazyness is one of my most developed virtues. :us: ) but you have no accuracy at determining the depth of cut so Magoo must do it ... by eye!!! :doh:

If you are going to purchase a small milling machine I suggest you contact our friend John Vogelaar. He has done lots of brass fine work with the Proxxon MF-70 (Porter locos, his amazing RC 0scale truck, etc)But if you are thinking work for your garden railway I think you should better go for a bigger one.

Daniel

Last edited on Wed Oct 10th, 2018 04:49 pm by Daniel Osvaldo Caso



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Daniel, The foam I have on hand will not take the type of impressions you are showing. It is far to stiff. I will try stripping the covering of of some foam core as Bob R has been doing for brick walls.

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Larry

There are many types of foam, indeed.
I have found all of them useful but not all for the same purpose.
I know the names and specifications of types of foam differs from country to country and, to be honest, I don't know even the names of the ones I use.
Here the expert is Mr. Wallet. He discovered that the same foam is many times cheaper at building materials shops than at hobby shops.
He also get huge plates of the foam you get peeling foamboard but without the paper layers for free at a shop specialized on artists materials. Those plates come as protection layers on top and under boxed quality papers.

Both types of the blue foams you see in my work is from plates sold for house isolation.

Daniel



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Thanks for the information Daniel. I’m not really thinking of buying a milling machine just wondering if I could use wha5 I have. The MF-70 is too many £££ I’ve already spent (overspent) this years modelling budget on the garden Rly...but :us:



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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 08:55 pm
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Hmm ... But you can do some milling on the drill press if it is not too hard material and if you be careful not to want to go to fast.:wave:

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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2018 10:34 pm
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Hmmm, yes, I will give it a try ;)



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