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    Chamfering Machine

    I guess I could call this Version-2. My first attempt was a V base I adapted onto a Makita variable speed trimmer router where the cutting occurred on the end of the cutter, which was my preference. It worked OK but it had a few issues. It was kind of gangly to mount & also not super safe to hold with one hand & push the work through with the other. The depth control used the ratchet wheel & clamp, but it was kind coarse & fiddly to adjust. The bigger concern was metal shavings could dropping through the cutter clearance hole & ultimately into the motor windings.

    So this assembly uses my Bosch die grinder in lay down mode. Unfortunately this grinder is not variable speed but seems to work OK. This has the cutting action on the side of the end mill. Die grinder motor vents are more protected than routers by design. But the firewall, base & 2 side members kind of make a natural confined box so 90% the chips drop down safely into that natural cavity, nothing back to the motor.

    To adjust the chamfer depth, I loosen the clamp handles, turn the knurled knob which jacks up the V frame up or down. The frame movement is confined by the UHMW slide rails. The base is 1/2" MDF. My original plan was to mount the MDF base to a bench top, but I decided to add a keel from same material & hold it the bench vise. A lot more convenient to quickly set up & store away.

    The test cuts look pretty good. Quite smooth & consistent. The aluminum tester is about .070", the steel is about .020". You can zip through the edges pretty quick & there is no kick back tendency, it’s quite controlled.

    The V rails were designed around 3/16" thickness but I realized what I had in my scrap box was under that thickness & kind of garbage mystery material from sheet metal stamping. After filing & straightening it still looked like crap so I gave it the Tremclad spray bomb treatment to prevent rust. In hind sight it’s probably going to just scratch off so maybe I’ll find some nicer material one day. Anyway, the machine turned out ok.

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    Some construction pics
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    Few more.

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    What I forgot to mention is my home brew creation is intended as a lighter duty, cheap mans version of an industrial tool like this. I haven't used one myself to compare. Because of the price & space required, I doubt I'll ever own one. But if any of you have experience on them I'd be interested in your comments. Looks like they use carbide inserts?

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    petertha,

    Wow, that is amazing design and so useful using your previously purchased Bosch die grinder. A quick release and the Bosch die grinder is not totally dedicated to this tool. You have shown us a very useful tool design. I have always wanted some sort of chamfering machine and now have some direction on where to start because I too have the Bosch die grinder. Also, don't forget to use ear protection - it may seem like no big noise deal but it will eventually catch up to you - trust me I know and regret not having used ear protection years ago.

    Regards,

    Paul

    Regards,

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    Thank you.

    Just for topical interest, here is the base I made for my Makita mini router. Hopefully you can see what I was referring to about the proximity motor vents. Not good for swarf ingestion IMO.

    And here is a link to Stefan's chamfering machine setup.
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    Thanks petertha! We've added your Chamfering Fixture to our Metalworking category,
    as well as to your builder page: petertha's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Very nice build and quite functional and desired. I thought of one but another project bumped it.
    To say it enough there is no such thing, HEARING PROTECTION I'm 60 years old and my hearing is almost gone, just because of loud noises all my life. Put ear plugs in and walk around all day and see what not hearing is like. AND don't worry about the cricket chirping or the frogs croaking, you might not hear them at 60.
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    Nelson,

    I am with you 100% on using ear protection devices for protection against exposure to excessive shop noise. We naturally take for granted our hearing until it is significantly diminished because we thought it was okay to go without the ear protection. Today, it is cool and absolutely necessary to use ear protection plugs or headphones because the alternative is forever diminished hearing by the time you reach sixty and it gets even worst there after. That is my situation and I regret not being more careful with my hearing. The same is true for eye protection. Use your safety protection gear no matter how minor or simple the operation being preformed because what can go wrong, will go wrong and in an instant you will damage your eyes without using the proper protection.

    Thank you for speaking up on this important safety advice,

    Sincerely, Paul Jones

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    I guess I can say I have been bless with failing sight for many years and have worn glasses for over 40 of mine. After starting to work on metal I questioned my eye doctor about safety glasses. Well I have been sold on them since. I do not know it may have been a curse, but my eyes are protected the same.
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