Some time ago I came across an ad on eBay for a AMA-16 Milling Machine. This is the same as the more know bf-16 from buitelaar, but it was a lot cheaper because the exchange rate of the pound was bad.
First we needed to construct another workbench. My dad made it from L-profile steel and plywood.
The milling machine is going to be mounted on a steel plate with 2 L profiles directly underneath them.
Sometime after the workbench was finished, DHL delivered a package :).
After milling a few test pieces with thesupplied drill head, I noticed that this was not ideal for milling. So I went to eBay again and bougt a set of ER-25 collets.
Left drill head, right collet:
Mounted and with a mill inside.
To store the mills and collets I hung some drawers on the wall.
After some more drilling the motor overheated. This didn’t surprise me, it is locked up in a tight box with little air gaps. I went looking in my supply closet for a solution and found 2 80mm 110V fans. If I connect these in series then they can work on 230V.
The case that goes around the motor like it is delivered:
After mounting the fans:
The cable comes out at the side and runs into the control box.
I also noticed some place to put a rpm counter. So that’s added to de todo list now .
Another plan is to make something to hold the spindle while I insert a mill. I seen this in a youtube video and it seemed handy to me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oL-XcKPiKg the part comes around 1min.