Having positioned the rotary table on centre, place the locating fence on it and
lower the centre into this, Photograph 24, and clamp it in position. This ensuring
that the centre mark on the fence is concentric with the rotary table. Now add the
workpiece to the rotary table with it up against fence and the right hand end aligned
with the end of the fence, and clamp in position. However, to avoid the cutter breaking
through and damaging the rotary table place a piece of thick card, between the workpiece
and the table. Do also set the down feed stop to avoid an accident by a momentary
loss of concentration.
Remove the locking from the milling machine's X axis and traverse the table back
through a distance of 24.5mm, setting the radius required as a result. Lock the table
in the X axis once more. With a 5mm slot drill in the machine rotate the table until
it aligns with one of the machine-to lines and mark the table's calibration at that
point, similarly for the other end of the slot. Unfortunately, rotary tables rarely
have adjustable stops so marking the table is the only option. Make the slot by repeatedly
traversing backwards and forwards, increasing the depth at each pass, Photograph
25, the Photograph shows that the first table pivot has already been completed.
This is a simple part but have included Photograph 26 which shows my set up for milling
the rectangular cutout required. Note how the packing that allows the cutter to break
through to complete the cutout is inherent in the clamping method. I also used my
X and Y table stops to fix the cutout size making the process a very easy one as
it did for the Top Plate which has a similar cutout. Next set up the table in a tilting
vice and machine the angle on the underside of the cutout, Photograph 27, the purpose
of which is to permit the table to be set at an angle whilst still keeping the opening
in the top surface as small as is possible, useful when dealing with small workpieces.