A problem with the Sieg X2 mini-mill [HF 44991, Grizzly G8689, Micro-Mark & others] is that the head can suddenly drop down while you’re milling. Everything will seem fine until the head suddenly drops a bit, which causes the end mill to try to cut too much metal at once, causing the table to start shaking as much as the play in the gibs allows. … Read the rest
Machining Pens and Pencils
Here is a short pictorial about how this machinist/craftsman makes high quality artist pens and pencils out of stainless steel rods salvaged from a copier.