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Posted: 1/7/2012 9:16:04 AM EDT
I finally have my CNC Mini Mill and Lathe working right

Now I'm looking for some easy projects to help me build my skills.

Preferably something along the likes of making
tools that I can use as my skills increase.

Any links to sites would be appreciated

Thank you
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 9:31:40 AM EDT
for your lathe, make a chess set.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 9:38:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By freeride21a:
for your lathe, make a chess set.


I would like to do that, once I get my skills up

Then I need to find someone to play Chess with.

I have a hand carved chess set from when I was
in Mombasa (Kenya) but nobody to play against.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 9:41:03 AM EDT
A dildo gear shift knob for the staff yugo.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 9:41:33 AM EDT
You could always make a copy of some of the easier components of your firearms.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 9:45:28 AM EDT
Interested in doing some custom barrel work?
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 9:54:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Lon_Moer:
Interested in doing some custom barrel work?


I am no where close to being that good

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 9:58:05 AM EDT
A turners cube would be a great project for a mini. Google it.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:00:26 AM EDT
A mini-cannon like some folks here bought for Christmas might be fun.

Go to bbs.homeshopmachinist.net and look/ask around for lots of ideas.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:01:59 AM EDT
Tons of workholding stuff. Clamps , 123 blocks, v blocks, a vice.

( Tool and Die maker here )
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:02:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By gastrap:
A turners cube would be a great project for a mini. Google it.


That looks fun, Though I need to get a 4 jaw chuck (I only have a 3 jaw)

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:02:54 AM EDT
Thank you for the link
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:05:16 AM EDT
Make more tools, duh. Small hammers, fly cutters, boring tools...

Got an indicator base? You could make a home brew version of an indicol.

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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:05:43 AM EDT
cnczone.com
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:09:04 AM EDT
Can you make a picatinny rail that fits in a Ruger mk 3 dovetail?
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:11:58 AM EDT
Cannon
V-Blocks and clamps
Toolmaker's vise
Benchrest with a windage adjustable top
Concentricity gauge for reloading
Bipod
Forward mount one piece scope base
Tactical light mount
Neckturning set-up for reloading
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:12:36 AM EDT
Machining and metalworking resources TONS of info and it has a projects section
CNC cookbook-projects
KMG grinder clone plans real simple as far as machine work and a good belt grinder like this is worth it's weight in gold,trust me.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:15:47 AM EDT
when i went threw machinist school our first couple projects were a ball peen hammer and a c clamp. my tests for work were to make a pump shaft(think crank shaft) and a coupling hub, also made some internal lefthanded double lead acme threads for the finale, lil tricky. making simple stuff like front steering parts for the truck or quad, shift knobs, small engine case splitters. just make sure when you start a project, draw it out, right down your measurements, then proceed. when i was starting out i was pretty pleased that i didnt pay for the metal, id get in a hurry, miss my mark, now we have scrap metal!
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:48:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Mr_Harry:
Originally Posted By freeride21a:
for your lathe, make a chess set.


I would like to do that, once I get my skills up

Then I need to find someone to play Chess with.

I have a hand carved chess set from when I was
in Mombasa (Kenya) but nobody to play against.

Just play against a mirror.



How about a fancy muzzle break?


I made a lighted one and it turned out pretty cool. It needs to have the bulbs cleaned pretty often, but other than that its pretty useless.

Shit I do at work when Im bored.




Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:06:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RaisedByWolves:

Originally Posted By Mr_Harry:
Originally Posted By freeride21a:
for your lathe, make a chess set.


I would like to do that, once I get my skills up

Then I need to find someone to play Chess with.

I have a hand carved chess set from when I was
in Mombasa (Kenya) but nobody to play against.

Just play against a mirror.



How about a fancy muzzle break?


I made a lighted one and it turned out pretty cool. It needs to have the bulbs cleaned pretty often, but other than that its pretty useless.

Shit I do at work when Im bored.

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/4621/dsc02591yq0.jpg

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/5928/dsc02601pn7.jpg


That looks like a nice project to anodize.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:22:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By VacaDuck:
A dildo gear shift knob for the staff yugo.



You're going to fuck up the uniqueness value of the Yugo's dildo gear shift knob.

You post it here, next thing you know, everyone has one.

Then it won't be cool and special anymore.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:26:42 AM EDT
Make a flashlight.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:35:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
Make a flashlight.


Well that might work for the outer housing, but he'll need to buy some silicone and make a mold for the interior.



Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:40:49 AM EDT
Elmers engines

or some sort of beer can launcher. Fill'em with cement and launch, fun, fun, fun.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:46:06 AM EDT
Mini Diesel Engine

That should keep you out of trouble for a while.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:49:02 AM EDT
Make a pipe*.




* - for novelty or tobacco use only.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:52:53 AM EDT
I used to have pictures to a project my old shop boss did when he was a green horn. It started out as a metal cube. Then 3 or slots were milled into it, rotate the cube, fill milled gaps with premade spacers, mill the same slots, repeat one more time. now 3 sides are milled. The next 3 are milled the same way but the direction of the slots were mirrored if my memory is correct. once it was all done it was a cube shaped 3d knot that was milled out of the parent cube.

I'll try and find pics again, but someone stole the one my boss made off his desk a few years back
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:54:44 AM EDT
80% Ar15 lower. They're stupid easy to do.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:57:25 AM EDT


like this but not as complicated
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 12:16:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 12:21:01 PM EDT by BatchelorGroda]
I had to shorten a steering column today, and made a new 3/4 bar for in -between the u-joints.

I had fun.

Originally Posted By LePew:
A mini-cannon like some folks here bought for Christmas might be fun.

Go to bbs.homeshopmachinist.net and look/ask around for lots of ideas.


Yep, a mini cannon, or even a 1" bore mini-cannon would be a fun project.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 12:18:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 12:18:49 PM EDT by onthedgeofmyseat]
Originally Posted By Meche_03:
http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~sequin/SFF/rf8kh4.jpg

like this but not as complicated


Here is one I did in college.


Link Posted: 1/7/2012 12:19:28 PM EDT
get plans for a mini alcohol powered steam engine.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 12:57:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:09:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 1:29:55 PM EDT by Soylent]
For your lathe draw up a sample part that includes some stepped diameters, Od threads, ID threads and different finishes. Put a spherical face on one end and on a similar part put a flat face. Some OD/ID grooves for at least thread relief and different radii and chamfers at the corners. This should develope your ability to do most things especially if you remember to allow stock on the parting face for clean up on a second op. Make sure you dimension all the features and tolerance them on your drawing so you can practice holding size and staying in tolerance.

For the mill, make some V-Blocks, a sine bar, and some 1-2-3 blocks. Those would be things that if made right will last you a lifetime unless, of course, something unfortunately expensive takes place that you weren't counting on

Use some aluminum to make a set of your practice parts, then use some mild steel, Stainless, and "Dammitite" for your practice in changing speeds and feeds and depth of cut/tool loading issues. Make sure there are at least some tapped holes in your prints since tapping can be a pain in the ass all of it's own universe.


Practical Machinist site
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:19:46 PM EDT
Thanks everyone,

Now off to have fun reading and looking for a simple project

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:40:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 1:40:57 PM EDT by sparty]
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/947189/building-a-single-shot-falling-block-rifle-action-book-by-walter-mueller

Build a falling block action rifle. Probably the simplest design to start with

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 2:00:17 PM EDT
Make a nice set of tungsten tipped darts.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 2:46:36 PM EDT
I think the project my boss machined is correctly called a trifoil knot with 4 crosses.



or this with 3 crosses



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