Building A Boring Head

A Carriage Stop For The Lathe

I haven’t been completely idle on builds like TinyMill.I’ve just needed more tools.One thing I’ve been wanting for quite some time is a boring head for my mill. And when I was re-designing the x-y stage for TinyMill, I realized that I actually needed one. So I’m going to build one, because I’m crazy. I’ll be following another one of Dean’s builds.

One thing that I considered in my decision to build this was cost. And because I don’t just happen to have large diameter pieces of steel lying around, that could be pretty high. And then, when looking at metals, I noticed that for some reason, fine grain cast iron was cheaper than steel. And after a lengthy discussion on the HMEM forums, I reached the conclusion that cast iron would be alright.

So this is where I am now.

I have a 1 foot length of 1 3/4″ cast iron, and some new hacksaw blades. Hopefully they’ll ease the process of cutting this monster.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with a bench vise and a hacksaw