Build a Workshop Lathe Milling Attachment
There are two sets of plans for making a milling attachments for a lathe.
You do not begin to get full use from a
lathe until you have a milling attachment.
With it you can do slotting, keyway
cutting, gear shaping, slitting and grooving.
You can saw stock square or at angles, and
spot holes in work with pinpoint accuracy.
A milling attachment costs a handful of
folding money. But here is one you can
make from two castings. They cost about a
fourth what a finished attachment would.
Machining them is fun, and may even teach
you a few handy dodges. For instance, you
mill parts of the castings to make the attachment
you're going to mill with!
When finished you have a husky, well designed
lathe accessory that will not let you down.
By cleverly stacking cold-rolled flat stock
together, T-slots and slide for this lathe
milling attachment are made without costly
machinery. In fact, only two tools, a drill press
and lathe, are needed to make the attachment.
Shown mounted on the cross slide of a lathe
the attachment features a swivel base
and tilting slide which has T-slots for clamping
the work securely in place. Although this attachment
was made for a 7-in. Atlas lathe, the
overall dimensions could be increased 25% for
use with a 9 or 10-in lathe.
How to Make a Milling Attachment