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    They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    After 3 years I finally milled something on my drill press.

    For $145 XY I did not have higher expectations than what I got, but it worked.

    I think i took incredibly small cuts, maybe a heavy 1/32” at a time with the cheapest 3/8” end mill on Amazon.

    I also used a 4 flute, instead of 2 flute for aluminum.

    But, I got the job I needed to done even if it took 2 hours to do all 4.

    By no means is this practical but it got the job done.

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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Glad it worked out for you.
    Question, did you ever consider using a table saw instead or did you want to see if the drill press would do it?.........Mike

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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmikey View Post
    Glad it worked out for you.
    Question, did you ever consider using a table saw instead or did you want to see if the drill press would do it?.........Mike
    I considered a table saw and my sliding miter saw. Half was I wanted to see if I could do it, the other half was using those tools on aluminum without a proper work holding solution can sometimes be a bit dangerous.
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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    I have made LOTS of parts like that,,, using my metal cutting bandsaw, even out of steel.

    If it is a straight cut, the bandsaw can surprise you.

    In your case, the bandsaw could take out 90% of the material in minutes, then drill/mill the remainder,, best of both worlds,,,

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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Quote Originally Posted by SweetMK View Post
    I have made LOTS of parts like that,,, using my metal cutting bandsaw, even out of steel.

    If it is a straight cut, the bandsaw can surprise you.

    In your case, the bandsaw could take out 90% of the material in minutes, then drill/mill the remainder,, best of both worlds,,,
    If you don't have or trust a bandsaw, even a hacksaw can remove much if the material, allowing the milling to just clean the surfaces and give precise dimensions. I did lots of work entirely by hand, long before I had any machinery.

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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Nice, sometimes you do what you gotta do and sometimes you do cause you gotta see.
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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Quote Originally Posted by Freebirdwelds View Post
    Nice, sometimes you do what you gotta do and sometimes you do cause you gotta see.
    *as long as no long term traumatization to goats occur
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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    nice u made it work, but what is it (whats it do) ? they got endmills w/ radius corners too if u want

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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    That a drill press? Or a drill/mill? Does not look like an average drill press.

    After the first 1/32” pass, I would have thought it works. Then hogged off some metal with other tools. Probably would take 2 plus hours finding the best tool, but the second one would take 15 min.

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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Drill press......................... Good for bragin' rights, but it's just aluminum.

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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    Drill press......................... Good for bragin' rights, but it's just aluminum.
    Correct, but your mill is a bit closer to a drill press than a old school real Milling machine,,,
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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Quote Originally Posted by 123weld View Post
    nice u made it work, but what is it (whats it do) ? they got endmills w/ radius corners too if u want
    It’s an antenna mount for a FEMA USAR team I’m making a couple duplicates of. It’s going to have a 1/2” piece of plate bolt onto it.
    Quote Originally Posted by tapwelder View Post
    That a drill press? Or a drill/mill? Does not look like an average drill press.

    After the first 1/32” pass, I would have thought it works. Then hogged off some metal with other tools. Probably would take 2 plus hours finding the best tool, but the second one would take 15 min.
    It’s just a geared head drill press. Same headstock platform all these Chinese machines use as their foundation but it doesn’t have the proper table etc to really be a mill. The R8 spindle just makes it possible I guess.
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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    How are you retaining the cutter in respect to side loads?

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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Quote Originally Posted by Brand X View Post
    Correct, but your mill is a bit closer to a drill press than a old school real Milling machine,,,
    I resemble that remark as well. So far I do not regret buying the HF 1/2 mill that is
    670 lb with "Rong Fu" heritage.

    Glad the Op made it work

    ps. Darn it Guys I still don't have a band saw of any type, -now I will have to go get that new Bauer HF unit.
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    Re: They said it wouldn’t work. But here we are…

    Looks like it works well to me. You make do with what you have.
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