I’m still getting familiar with milling on the drill press. I did some work on a test piece of 1 1/4″ old steel round rod to cut a flat spot on the side. Not great as you can see by the jagged cuts in the surface which means something in the drill press assembly is still moving around a little.
The next day a co-worker asked me to make a square hole in a bracket for a handle on one of the belt presses we’re redoing. This handle is moving around a little from vibrations and in turn adjusting the pressure of the hydraulics which isn’t good. The bracket to is keep the handle from turning. The square hole was over-sized a little, but still worked for our purposes.
Another co-worker was getting the torch out to heat up and bend some 5/8″ round rod to use as a handle on a BBQ pit. I reminded him of the press brake in the corner of the shop. 🙂
This same BBQ pit needed a lot of little things and I spent most of Friday welding and fitting a lot of stuff including the bolt-action handle to keep the firebox door shut. Works great.