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    Dial Gauge mount for a small Mill

    Doing my bit to stay out of the shops or any other crowded place today.

    So I have some ali blocks to machine to size. The reason why I have been avoiding this is the fact that

    Dial Gauge mount for a small Mill-gauge-base-too-big.jpg

    The base of the dial indicator is too BIG. I can not attach it to the mill spindle and move it up and down to square up the block.
    I know I should use and endmill and just run ot 90 deg to the vice as the vice is set up square, but again my mill is too small and I do not have enough of a stroke to get to the bottom of the block.

    But I have a plan.

    Dial Gauge mount for a small Mill-but-i-have-plan.jpg

    I can remove this part of the rose cutter and make something to fit there.
    And with a bit of scratching in the off-cut box, a bit if welding, grinding, drilling and good old filing it is done.

    Dial Gauge mount for a small Mill-scrap-bin-saves-day.jpg

    And from the other side.

    Dial Gauge mount for a small Mill-other-side.jpg

    And just too prove it actually produces the goods.

    Dial Gauge mount for a small Mill-just-checking.jpg

    Now no excuse not to stay at home and finish the rest of the blox.

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    Bangood square,

    Quote Originally Posted by garage nut View Post
    Doing my bit to stay out of the shops or any other crowded place today.

    So I have some ali blocks to machine to size. The reason why I have been avoiding this is the fact that

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    The base of the dial indicator is too BIG. I can not attach it to the mill spindle and move it up and down to square up the block.
    I know I should use and endmill and just run ot 90 deg to the vice as the vice is set up square, but again my mill is too small and I do not have enough of a stroke to get to the bottom of the block.

    But I have a plan.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    I can remove this part of the rose cutter and make something to fit there.
    And with a bit of scratching in the off-cut box, a bit if welding, grinding, drilling and good old filing it is done.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    And from the other side.

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    And just too prove it actually produces the goods.

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    Now no excuse not to stay at home and finish the rest of the blox.
    I note you are using one double check the accuracy of this, I purchased one of these it was a long way off square absolute garbage.

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    I did the normal visual verification of the square once I received it by just putting it on a flat surface and scribing a line on a piece of plate I made to stand behind it with a big magnet and then turning the square 180 Deg and scribing another line as close to the previous one and checking the parallelism of the 2 lines. This was perfectly acceptable for me.

    How did you check yours, I would like to double check mine using another method. I like to be digitally. That is why I use a gauge to square up my blocks. I could just have used the square on the base of the vice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage nut View Post
    I did the normal visual verification of the square once I received it by just putting it on a flat surface and scribing a line on a piece of plate I made to stand behind it with a big magnet and then turning the square 180 Deg and scribing another line as close to the previous one and checking the parallelism of the 2 lines. This was perfectly acceptable for me.

    How did you check yours, I would like to double check mine using another method. I like to be digitally. That is why I use a gauge to square up my blocks. I could just have used the square on the base of the vice.
    I have a granite surface plate and set the square against a i,2,3 block with a light on the other side the result was horrible, actually it was so bad i could see the gap with out the light source. I had a perfect quarrel with Bangood about it but they would not honor my complaint.



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