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Tooling for a Sherline Mill
June 8, 2011
12:51 AM
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Thanks Rob.

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May 29, 2011
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Sorry, Rob, but I know very little about the older Atlas lathes. I believe there is a yahoo group for them.

 

I think the Sherline mill is quite capable for its size and I'm sure your group will enjoy it within its working envelope.

 

Mikey

May 28, 2011
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There must have been something else threaded on the spindle because I didn't see any threads. But I only had a few minutes to look at it (I showed up after a 14-hour work day to help move the Craftsman/Atlas lathe they acquired.  Do you know anything about those lathes? Laugh).  Thanks again for your help.

Rob

 

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Rob,

The Sherline end mill holder simply threads onto the spindle. the spindle and the holder both have small holes into which a small round bar is inserted to tighten the holder to the spindle. End mills are inserted into the holder and locked in place with a set screw. No drawbar is used with their end mill holder.This holder is not hard to make yourself on a lathe if you want a simple project. You can also buy these holders from AtoZ or adapt one for a Taig.

 

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May 28, 2011
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Rob,

The Sherline end mill holder simply threads onto the spindle. the spindle and the holder both have small holes into which a small round bar is inserted to tighten the holder to the spindle. End mills are inserted into the holder and locked in place with a set screw. No drawbar is used with their end mill holder.This holder is not hard to make yourself on a lathe if you want a simple project. You can also buy these holders from AtoZ or adapt one for a Taig.

 

Mikey

 

 

May 27, 2011
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Thanks Mikey.  I got a chance to look at the mill for a few minutes again last night and I found what looks like a Sherline end mill holder (which don't look anything like the ones I've used or seen).  But I couldn't figure out how to use it.  It seems to be too big to fit inside the spindle and the diameter of the drawbar/bolt holding their drill chuck in place is too small for the holder's threads.

Do you have any more advice for us?

Rob

 

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Rob, the headstock takes a #1 Morse taper. Sherline sells a collet set to fit the headstock and comes with a drawbar; this set only holds up to a 1/4″ shank end mill so it is somewhat limiting. A better idea is to use their 3/8″ end mill holder. While it isn't as accurate as a collet it will be accurate enough for most work and allows you to use commonly available 3/8″ end mills.

 

May 25, 2011
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Rob, the headstock takes a #1 Morse taper. Sherline sells a collet set to fit the headstock and comes with a drawbar; this set only holds up to a 1/4″ shank end mill so it is somewhat limiting. A better idea is to use their 3/8″ end mill holder. While it isn't as accurate as a collet it will be accurate enough for most work and allows you to use commonly available 3/8″ end mills.

 

I use an ER 32 chuck for most end mill work but it is more expensive to go this way.

 

For a machine vise the Sherline end mill vise works well. It is a good size and is accurate enough for most work. An alternative is any 2″ screwless vise; many import vises will work. If you want a milling vise I really like the Wilton 2″ MMV/SP-50. This is a milling machine vise similar in configuration to the Kurt-type vise and works well.

 

Hope this helps.

 

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May 25, 2011
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I've been helping a “makers” group which just acquired a used Sherline mill.  It's in nice shape but it didn't come with any end mills or collets.  It also may not have a vise. 

 

I have some some small end mills I can loan or give them, but I don't have a clue about what kind of collets or end mill holders it needs, or what size vise it can handle. Can anyone give me/them some advice and also suggest some good vendors to buy from?

 

Thanks,

 

Rob

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