Dave's Sherline Mill and Lathe

I recently purchased a Sherline milling machine and lathe. I opted for the Ultimate Shop Package which includes pretty much anything you need to get started. I also picked up a few extra accessories (4 jaw chuck, threading package, etc.).

I decided that I wanted to play around with controlling the whole thing from the computer, so I decided to get the CNC mounts and stepper motors as well. I'm working on a design for the stepper motor controller board, and I'll post the results when I get them.

You can click on the thumbnail to get a larger version of the picture, and you can click on the larger version to get the full size image.

Boxes

Well, here's how everything came. Bigger...

Opened the first box

This is the box that all of the accessories came in. Everything looks to be pretty well packed. Bigger...

Dave's Business Card

These are the guys I got everything from. When I got it, Solarbotics was charging 5% below retail, using 1.5 as the exchange rate on the dollar, and since they're located in Alberta, there was no Provincial Sales Tax to pay (I'm in British Columbia, so normally I'd have to pay 7.5% PST). Bigger...

Back of Dave's Card

Dave's Mini-Sumo MiniCab lost to my Mini-Sumo Marauder (video clips) at the Western Canadian Robot Games, and in an attempt to discourage me from improving Marauder, he wrote a note on the back of his enclosed business card. Bigger...

Lathe Pieces

Here's all of the lathe pieces taken out of the box. Bigger...

Assembled Lathe

This is the assembled lathe, with a small piece of aluminum in the chuck, ready to be faced. Bigger...

First cut

Here's what it looks like after 3 or 4 passes to clean things up (I can't hacksaw in a very straight line). This was a 1 inch diameter piece of aluminum. I think I have to work on the speed/feed thing :) Bigger...

Mill Pieces

Here's the milling machine pieces taken out of the box. Since I don't have the stepper controllers, I used some heat shrink tubing on the ends of the motor leads and used electrical tape to wrap things up nicely. Bigger...

Stepper Detail

There weren't any reference marks on the stepper motors to align the hand wheels to, so I scribed a small vertical line like this. I'll put some blackener in later. Bigger...

Assembled Mill

Here's the milling machine after it's been assembled. Bigger...


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