Tilting Angle Plate 05

Harold Hall


With the edge located, traverse the table by 38/40mm plus half the finder's diameter and lock the table in place. Next, similarly locate the rear edge and repeat the operation, this time locking the other axis and centre drill the lug to position the eventual hole to be drilled, Photograph 12. As the photograph shows, using a long centre may be beneficial in avoiding the need to raise the head on the column to allow a longer drill to be fitted that would then loose position.


Having marked the holes position now drill the hole 16mm diameter, Photograph 13, followed by removing the castings and turn over and drill the second side. Do not move the machine table as this will permit the second end to be drilled without having to repeat the edge finding stage. Do though, when drilling the second end, add a short length of 16mm bar in the holes already drilled as this will be an aid to accuracy. If, like me, you are working with relatively short angle plates do take particular attention to the requirement for the faces of the casting to be fully in contact with the angle plates to which they are secured


Ideally, the method should be to drill 15.75 mm and  ream 16mm (as per the drawing). I suspect that these would be items not available and  would cost far too much to purchase for a one off task. Probably costing as much as a finished budget adjustable angle plate of the same size.


However, using just a drill, as I did, has its problems as when a drill drills oversize, as many do, then the hole will reduce to size as it breaks through. In this case, with a large drill, the tip will break through well before the full size of the drill passes and the change in hole size will occur gradually over a distance of a few millimetres, as it did in my case. This making it difficult to make a close fitting pin, or bush in my case.


The alternatives are briefly therefore. 1. Using a boring head to finish the hole, a time consuming method. 2. Make the pin/bush with a reduced end to accommodate the locally reduced bore size, not very professional, and 3. Purchase one of the budget adjustable reamers that can be had for a few pounds,  My bushes, as a result, have a little clearance, perhaps one day I will obtain an adjustable reamer and remake the bushes, as it is though it appears to be reasonable.


Clamping a piece of steel under the lug to prevent the drill breaking through into fresh air would also be worth considering but there is not much room for the clamps to be fitted.


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Tilting angle plate, Adjustable angle plate, Machining
Tilting angle plate, Adjustable angle plate, Machining