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Lathe/Mill Combinations

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Khym, Apr 14, 2002.

  1. Khym

    Khym G&G Newbie

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    I've got limited space and limited funds but a frequent need to do lathe and mill work. Typical examples are, cutting a dovetail for an adjustable sight in a Colt slide. Turning off the steps in a mil surp rifle barrel, engine polishing a rifle bolt etc.

    I'm not interested in shopping around for a used lathe and mill
    and I'm not going to save my money for 20 years to afford some
    huge elephant of a machine with a 6 foot bed.

    Given my needs and the criteria I've listed does anyone have a suggestion as to what tool would be best?

    Thanks!
     
  2. lefty o

    lefty o G&G Evangelist

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    i know some gunsmiths that use the smithy lathe/ mill,and drill's and like them, wish i had space for one , good luck.
     

  3. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    You might be able to adapt a key cutting machine for milling. You can also get small benchtop lathes. We have one at work that we use primarily for coning and threading high pressure steel tubing. It is about 30" L x 18" W x 18" H.