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Forum topic by MassMatt posted 03-19-2015 03:49 PM 936 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2015 03:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question milling turning resource

While I’ve enjoyed looking at projects on LJ this is my first post – so if out of scope or better directed somewhere else – please let me know. I’m trying to find someone to a small scale (20 piece) run of some inserts I want to use to retrofit benchdog holes into the 3 inch thick MDF top I use for my workbench. I built the bench as an early project and find that I’m using/interested in hand tools more than I expected at the time. I think that MDF alone will be too prone to damage to tolerate benchdogs/holdfasts reliably and my vision is to have a pillbox shaped insert – essentially a single piece composed of two cylinders (top 3 inch diameter and 3/4 inch height; bottom with 2.5 inch diameter and 2.25 inch height, 3/4 diameter hole all the way through). My diameters are somewhat arbitrary (3/4 isn’t, the rest are) – so also love thoughts if it makes more sense to make these smaller.

I’ve done some googling but the job is too small scale for the CNC/custom turning folks I found. No luck on craigslist. Any tips for strategies to finding someone who is interested in doing this kind of work would be much appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-08-2015 08:30 PM

If you haven’t found a solution yet you may want to try a machine shop that specializes in small run prototyes. My son is a CNC machinist and the shops he has worked for are all low quantity prototype shops where designers fine tune their designs before starting a production run in a factory.

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#2 posted 09-11-2015 10:08 AM

Thanks so much oldnovice – I ended up getting some great help from another LJ who turned these – worked really nicely. Bench is too much of a disaster at the moment for pictures but they really fit the bill!

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