moodysteve, kuroguy, excellent machining tips! Comforting to know we have resident experts who can guide us along here. Btw, luv those jewelry boxes
Originally Posted by oneplustwo
To point #6 above, I just picked up a mini mill from Harbor Freight to help with some of my case work and other miscellaneous projects. It was "only" $489 minus 20% coupon which is pretty good considering the capabilities a mill brings to the table.
Oneplustwo, your casework would fit quite nicely in this area. That's some interesting design you're working on and anxiously waiting to see the outcome of your mill work. Care to share how your mill tool works? Pardon the ignorance I know nothing about metal work... is it something like a drill press, but on steroids?
Originally Posted by qusp
I have a feeling that cad was involved with more than the visualization process for the OP?? would I be right??
also; is that wood or 'wood' in the starving student case.
Yes, I use Sketchup
, but before that I used pencil and paper
. The wood 'wood' is really wood -- MDF wood that is
For my tools, it took several years to build an inventory of them. They can get quite expensive but worth every penny. It really is nice to know that you have a tool ready tackle most of my projects. Also just to add it's also crucial to have a dedicated working environment/shop, get a nice big, clutter-free workbench you can use to drill, glue, assemble, clamp and hold workpieces onto, etc.
Here are some pics of my small shop. Sorry about the bad quality since the digital SLR is not allowed anywhere near sawdust so the cell cam would have to do: