The Taig Lathe
Nick Carter's Taig Lathe and Milling Machine Pages
Welcome to my pages devoted to the Taig Lathe and Taig Milling Machines!
I have been using Taig equipment in my own shop for over ten years and
I am an enthusiastic fan of the Taig Lathe and Milling Machines (both the manual
and CNC versions), their economy, capability and over all style. The Taig Lathe
and Milling Machine are especially good if you are a novice to metalworking,
and seek to learn the basics without a large investment of money and space.
These pages are a useful resource for all Taig Lathe and Milling Machine users,
with technical support, project ideas, articles, pictures and links to all pages
on the internet related to the Taig machines and their use. I am a dealer for
the Taig Product Line and I offer their products at a discount from Taig list
prices. I will always meet another dealers' price. Updated
July 1st, 2009
July Special! All Taig Manual, CNC ready and CNC Mills ship with a free
ER collet set, vise and 2 endmills through July.
Table of Contents
- Taig Lathe
Taig Micro Lathe Information and Specifications.
- Taig Mill Taig
Milling Machine Information and Specifications.
- Current Taig Price List,
(August 15th, 2008)
Pictures of the Taig lathe and Taig mill, projects and modifications by Taig
users, pictures of my shop. (June 25th, 2009) NEW!
- Taig Articles
Articles About the Taig lathe, Tips and Accessory Drawings. (June
8th, 2009) NEW!
- Jose Rodriguez
Articles on the Taig and 7x10 lathes by Jose Rodriguez.
- Taig Users
Taig User Web Page Links. (June 25th, 2009)
- Taig Links
Links to other Taig related sites.(May 21st , 2009)
- Aftermarket Taig,
Machine Shop Products and Books which I sell (June 9th, 2008)
- Reviews Metalworking
Product and Book Reviews (July 1st, 2009) NEW!
- General Links
Other related metalworking links:
- Other Manufacturers Lathes, General Lathe Information
(April 28th, 2006)
- CNC, CAD, CAM Links (May 21st , 2009)
- General Machining Information, Links and Instruction
(April 2nd, 2009)
- Machine Shop, Tool and Material Suppliers (September
- Mailing Lists, Web Based Discussion Groups, Usenet
Groups (November 11th, 2005)
- Books and Magazines. (July 6th, 2005)
- Links to our non-metalworking
pages, blogs, email, etc.
- Our Jewelry
This Site With Google
Articles on the Taig Lathe:
- Assembling and Lapping
the Taig Lathe Kit K1019 (February 28th, 2005)
- First year with a Taig
Lathe I wrote an article after my first year with the Taig detailing
all the changes and improvements I made in my first year of ownership.
- Motor Suppliers
Here are some places to get cheap motors for the Taig lathe (February 24th,
- Took your 3 Jaw Chuck
apart for cleaning and now you can't get it back together? (October
- Truing work in the
1030 4 jaw independent chuck. (April 13th, 2004)
- Making a Universal
Expanding Ring Mandrel from the 1132 blank arbor. (July 7th, 2005)
- Making a Replacement Dishwasher Basket Wheel on
the Taig Lathe (January 14th, 2006)
- Keith Brooke's "A Thread Cutting Attachment
for the Taig Lathe" (January 30th, 2006)
- Modifying the #1190
Steady Rest to Use Ball Bearings. (June 6th, 2006)
- Three Methods of
Aligning the Taig Tailstock (September 21st, 2006)
- Turning Between Centers
on the Taig Lathe. (September 21st, 2006)
- The Taig Toolbit Set,
examples of use with notes. (November 9th, 2006)
- An Auxilliary
Dead Center for the Taig Lathe, By Keith Brooke (January
- Zero Adjustable
Dials with Rotating Handles for the Taig Lathe, By Keith Brooke
(January 8th, 2007)
- Cross-Slide Table
Modifications, By Keith Brooke (October 21st, 2007)
- Making a Replacement
Breech Bolt Screw for a Crosman 150 CO2 Pistol (November 17th, 2007)
Index Plate for the Taig Lathe, By Keith Brooke (March 1st, 2008)
Plastic Front Aperture Sight Inserts on the Taig Lathe (March 1st,
- Making a Barrel
Band/Pivot Plug for a Custom Crosman 1377 Pistol (March 30th, 2008)
- Rob Kuhlman's
Taig Lathe Jackshaft (April 2nd, 2009)
Brooke's PDF on Sharpening Toolbits (843K)(May 21st , 2009)
- A look
at the Prototype Taig Power Feed. (June 8th, 2009) NEW!
Articles on the Taig Manual and CNC Milling Machines:
- Some notes and pictures
about setting up the Taig Milling Machine (July 1st, 2003)
- Some notes and pictures
about setting up the Taig Milling Machine V2 (February 13th, 2006)
- About the CNC Stepper
Motor Mounts (April 29th, 2004)
- Greg Miller sent this
photographic article on adjusting the backlash in the Taig CNC Mill nuts.
(December 1st, 2004)
- Faking a 4th axis on
your 3 axis Taig CNC mill (June 8th, 2004)
- Some notes on my mill
coolant system Frankenstein himself couldn't have put together a better
system! (May 29th, 2003)
- An improved motor mount
for the Taig milling machine. (July 27th, 2005)
- Some pictures and notes
on The new ER spindle and new headstock housing (August 23rd, 2005)
- A Magnetic Spindle Stop
for the ER16 Taig Milling Machine Spindle. (February 15th, 2005)
- 3D Toolpath Milling
with the Taig CNC Milling Machine (March 10th, 2006)
- Tom Benedict Builds a
Relay Box for His Taig CNC Mill (March 23rd, 2006)
- A Sherline Rotary Table
to Taig Milling Machine Right Angle Adapter (April 8th, 2006)
Dado Jig for the Router (May 18th, 2006)
a Taig handcrank to mount on a stepper shaft. (May
Notes on Belt Alignment on the Taig Milling Machine (January 24th,
- Greg Miller shows how to
disassemble the Taig Milling Machine leadscrew bearing assembly. (March
- The Involute Curve,
Drafting a Gear in CAD and Applications (April 27th , 2007)
- Experiments in Machining
Jewelry on the Taig CNC Milling Machine (June 12th, 2007)
- Making Model Engine
Flywheels on a CNC Milling Machine (July 23rd, 2007)
- Digitizing Kanji
for Milling (September 1st, 2007)
the Taig Y Axis, By Thomas Burgin. (April 22nd, 2008)
- Making a
Dial Travel Indicator Mount for my 10K South Bend Lathe [I used my
Taig mill] (January 17th, 2009)
- Cutting Steps
in the Taig Vise Jaws (April 2nd, 2009)
Brooke's PDF on Making a Boring Head for the Taig Mill (5.52MB)(May
21st , 2009)
Tips on the Taig Lathe and Milling Machines and Accessory Drawings:
Taig User Web Page Links
New Sites Start Here
If you have created a page that has anything to do with the Taig Lathe or Mill,
don't be shy, let me know!
Rodriguez has a site that keeps growing and growing, truly a master
of small shop equipment!
I also have a number of his articles here: Jose
Urso has a website of his miniature firearms, most are made with the
help of Taig equipment.
Pinkus now has a page about his Taig
Eckman has a webpage about his Taig.
- Trever Talbert
has pages on his methods of pipe making with the Taig lathe.
Jeffree has written some of the best "how-to" articles on
making accessories for the Taig, appearing in "Model Engineer's Workshop"
and "Projects in Metal" magazines. On his page are articles on a
"Comprehensive set of dividing accessories for use with the Peatol/Taig
lathe and mill", "An earlier and simpler dividing head for the Peatol/Taig
micro lathe", and "A Leadscrew for the Peatol/Taig lathe".
Murray has a great page up about making model locomotive parts on
Noll has a great page on his glassblowing lathe made out of Taig parts.
Simon has the Taig assisted building of his radio control submarine
up on the web.
- Joe White
uses his Taig to make really cool paintball guns.
- Wayne Trivin
used his Taig to make RC model airplanes, He has passed away, his family keeps
the site up as a memorial.
Martin uses a Taig to make folding knives.
Engraving with a modified Taig
- John Shadle
builds clocks, On his latest he used a Taig lathe.
Heller has some excellent notes on setting up the Taig.
has a great page about a home-brew Taig mill CNC conversion.
Goodfellow has a Taig CNC mill, and has plans for a steam engine,
other projects and a great page about using CNC to make a cribbage board..
Ferrante has a page showing off his mill and lathe, and some well
- Al Schoepp uses
Gecko drivers on his CNC mill
Graphics has a great site on their Taig CNC conversions.
- Steve Blackmore's
Taig Mill His CNC mill in the UK.
Merriman has an article on using the Taig for scratchbuilding models.
Scampini has a nice page on a powerfeed for his Taig lathe and other
Anderson has an excellent page on the Taig lathe, as well as a great
article on building Tony Jeffree's dividing head.
Winn created this great page about his Taig lathe and various projects
done in his shop.
Lane Pipes has pictures of his shop, with Taig.
- DASH Dutro
has a page about his Taig CNC mill.
- Ken Jenkins
has created a site about his Taig lathe and CNC mill.
- Mark Thomas
has a new site about the Taig lathe and Mill up
- Peter Homann
has just started his informative Australian Taig site. He also sells an upgrade
board for the Taig CNC Mill
- Chris Klindt
makes his beautiful cues on a Taig CNC mill. He also has a
gallery of Airgun pictures, which he's used his Taig to modify.
(Just a Guy with a Lathe) uses a Taig for his pipes.
Sheppard uses a Taig lathe and Mill for his knifemaking
Buckner has a great set of pages on converting his Taig mill
- Vlad Krupin's
Taig Lathe page (also see his
- James Steven's
Company is Creative Modeling and Prototyping, and they use a Taig mill.
Stokes has a page about his CNC driver box. See also: pictures
and movies of the Taig , and
home alignment tools
Thompson has a site up about his CNC work (he will be adding Taig
stuff soon I hope)
Ellsworth has a great picture of his lathe up, I hope he posts more!
Heitritter has some good pictures of his Taig mill and projects
Buerkle has a page about his mods to his Taig Lathe and his 7x10 lathe
Hagenbuch has a site about his shop including the Taig. Lots of projects.
- Mike Gatzke
uses a Taig CNC mill and a cue lathe (with Taig parts) for his cue work
Wilder's friend, Fast Karl the Robot's pages (Fast Karl was made with
Nar " combat robots built with the Taig lathe (some great pics
of the Taig on the various pages)
Tier" uses a Taig mill for their robots.
Field's Model Car scratchbuilding w/ Taig lathe pictures (I just came
across it using Google, I think it's Martin Field? he has 2 pics in the Pictures
Breed's page on cutting balsa wing spars with the Taig mill.
- Michael Martin
used a Taig to make parts for his locomotive.
Pipe Smoking Page has many pictures of his Taig lathe making pipes
and his Taig lathe CNC conversion.
Ghastly DIY Projects shows his Taig lathe used for making bagpipes.
Custom Cues has a picture of his Taig CNC mill used on cutting cue
Tidemann's Taig Lathe pages He uses his Taig for his wireless R/C
video hobby.(check out his pages on that subject too!)
- James Holbrook
is making money with his Taig, making adapters for CD rom motors used
in R/C aircraft.
Emery's Taig Lathe
uses an old Taig lathe.
Flood's Pizza Cutters (also on the pictures
Holden's Taig Milling Machine Pictures
- Chris Abbott's
Model Railroad blog
- Dan Kautz's Hobbyists
Machine Shop - New pages on the Taig CNC Mill
Maxton prototyped very cool puzzles on his Taig.
- Peter Tucker
makes whole miniature rooms with the aid of his Taig lathe and milling
- Miche Meizner makes
her fine jewelry with the aid of a Taig lathe.
Greico at the Ship Model Shop of the Nautical Archaeology Program
Texas A&M uses a Taig CNC milling machine. (see
his homepage here with more stuff)
Grueninger of Warped Airsmithing has pages about his Taig CNC milling
Lewis has a new page up on his Taig Lathe Mods.
Estee has a photoset on Flickr showing his portable disco ball built
with the aid of a Taig mill. (also see "Studio
Toney has a page on his Taig lathe.
- Terry Taylor (who
has a lot of great pics in the picture section) has a page for his custom
has some programs for CNC use of the Taig Mill
- Ron Cole
bought a Taig CNC mill to build molds for his model caboose line.
- Peter Jensen
makes these Nixie Tube Clocks with his Taig.
- Greg McFadden
has Taig Mill reports on his blog.
- Zsolt Szekely
makes rings with his Taig lathe.
- Andrey Kim's
AskmanAP Aerial Photography Systems uses a Taig CNC mill.
- Mark North
makes his Enamel Animal lampworking bead embossing tools with his Taig
- Carbotron just
bought a Taig mill to make Carbon Fiber Molds.
CNC Picture Gallery
- Mark Yankey has
a great site up on his Taig CNC mill and lathe
Lyle uses his Taig CNC to engrave the panels for his "Cheap Controls"
- John Keyser's
Engineering Hobbyist site with Taig modifications
- Rob Tukham does
beautiful miniture turnings with his Taig lathe.
converted a Harbor Freight Gear drive mini mill to Taig belt drive.
- Kyle Weems' Yo-yos,
prototyping done on the Taig
- Ed Slatt uses
a Taig in his PCB prototype business to modify available prototyping equipment
and also to drill through-holes.
- Thomas Burgin
uses his Taig for his business doing RC helicopter mods
Atkinson has videos of his projects on YouTube.
- Landrum Haddix
Has a webpage about his CNC mill, drive box and projects.
Rodriguez has a blog about his adventures with the Taig lathe.
Kelley has tons of pictures (KMG folders) of his building a belt grinder
with the Taig mill and lathe
- Brickarms just
bought a Taig mill for mold prototypes of their aftermarket Lego weapons.
- Chris Ghent
makes his concertinas with the help of his Taig.
- Steve Ciciora's
Solder Dispenser and Pick and Place with the Taig
- New Rail Models
uses a Taig for making prototype injection molds, also see this
fascinating forum thread.
Jost uses a Taig lathe in his toy/product development and prototyping.
Fix uses his Taig for control knobs and such on his amplifiers and
Williams uses his Taig lathe in his camera repair work (lots of detail
on gear cutting!)
- J.R. Bentley
has a great set of pages on his models and his beautiful Taig Lathe with which
he made the models.
He has a new set of
pages up here as well with his more recent projects.
Bear Ross has a page about using his Taig CNC mill to prototype his
- Niels Jalling
has a new page up about his Taig/Peatol lathe which he uses for his excellent
Robertson has a page up on converting a Taig Mill to variable speed
The New York City Taig CNC Milling Machine
- Reiyuki blogs about
his Taig CNC
Shallard uses a Taig mill in his clock and watch repair business.
Sargent's Orrery, made with a Taig CNC mill. Amazing!
Zicha's Taig Youtube Videos
Taig Youtube Videos
Solutions uses a Taig for their design and prototype work.
- Custom Cut
does machining work with their Taig.
- Frets on the
Net uses a Taig Mill for their awesome custom guitar parts.
offers robot parts, and they use a Taig mill.
- Del Ogren's homepage
- Taig Tools
now has a website up,Your source for official Taig information. Their CNC
Division is Microproto.
has a new website showing how they make some of their parts
as well as details on their new powerfeed design.
Yahoogroup There is now a mailing list dedicated to the Taig. Lots
of good ideas and a place to find out what other users think about the Taig.
If you own a Taig, you must at least monitor this group, the volume of
information is staggering, and help is available. Be sure and check
out the "files" section as well!
- Peatol Need
to buy a Taig lathe in the UK and Europe? The Taig is sold as the "Peatol"
there. For the CNC mills, try the Model
Engineer's Digital Workshop.
is the company that produces the Supercam software used on the Taig CNC mills.
They have a series of web pages on their CNC conversions of the Taig and other
machine tools as well.
- Lee Valley Tools
Have a beautiful two page spread of the Taig in their latest catalog. They
manufacture wood turning rests and spur centers for the Taig in their own
shop. If you are thinking of freehand woodturning on the Taig, give their
products a shot - or at least see how theirs are made before you make your
- Carter Index Plate Kits.
I am now offering an index plate kit for the Taig.
- W.M. Berg
sells 3M series belts (which are the series used on the Taig) in a variety
of lengths from 180mm to 750mm, as well as bearings, gears and other precision
mechanical components. They do have a minimum order of $50, so you can't just
buy one belt, but you'll find something else in their catalog to fill out
- Bearing, Belt and Chain
sells 3M series belts.
- OMW Metalcrafts
sells a nifty ball turning tool (among other products) which will work
on the Taig and other small lathes.
- KENBO is the company
run by my good friend Kent Rudisill, who makes a line of quick change toolposts
for the Taig, 6" Atlas and other small lathes, as well as doing general
machining jobs in his incredibly well outfitted shop. He is always interested
in taking on work, no matter how small or large.
- Knaell threading
kit for the Taig. (Used to be called the "Minimech") He No Longer
Produces This Item, Unfortunately...
man cue turning lathes which are made from Taig parts - if you want
cue lathe parts, buy them from him.
is Tony Jeffree's excellent CNC indexing system for constructing your own
dividing fixture. Now
- The Taig Lathe
A new book by Tony Jeffree available through me in the U.S. and Canada.
- Fisher Machine makes
a 1/4" shank edge finder suitable for the Taig milling machine.
Klein makes a well known wood lathe based on the Taig Lathe, and has
several interesting accessories.
Zone has a forum for the Taig CNC Mill
- Andrew Werby's
Computersculpture.com is an excellent site selling advanced CAD/CAM
software and CNC machines.
- Peter Homann
Designs sells an upgrade board for the Taig CNC mill controller that
has a bunch of advanced features.
sells the "NanoTram" tool for tramming in the Taig and Sherline
milling machines, as well as other useful products.
Wolf Airsmithing is selling screw on endmill holders for the Taig
- A2Z CNC
makes quick change toolposts for the Taig lathe, tooling plates and screw
on endmill holders for the Taig milling machine
- High Tech
Systems LLC makes a tooling plate for the Taig Milling machine and
other small machine accessories
- Beall sells
a collet chuck that can be adapted to the Taig Lathe.
Steppers and Taig dealer.
- New England Brass
and Tool offers a Bison 3/4"-16 chuck that should fit the Taig.
- Lane Manufacturing
sells Variable speed motors for the Taig Lathe and Mill.
Aftermarket Taig Accssories and Related Machine Shop Products
In an attempt to fill some gaps in the small machine supply market, as well
as showcase items made in the USA by small manufacturers I have started selling
the items below. I have personally tested all items and stand behind them 100%.
- The Taig Lathe
A new book by Tony Jeffree available through me in the U.S. and Canada.
- Carter Index Plate Kits.
60 Hole and 40-50-60 hole index plates for the Taig lathe.
- Replacement Tailstock
Lever Arms. 8" long replacement lever arms for the Taig tailstock.
- Sherline products:
Rotary tables, CNC ready rotary tables and tailstocks.
- Sherline Rotary Table
Right Angle Adapter for the Taig Mill.
- Fisher Machine 1/4"
Shank edge finders, other edge finders, micro tapping guide, PEE DEE thread
wires, magnetic bases, sine bars and magnetic chuck accessories all made in
- Bar Products Spra-Kool
Coolant Mister An inexpensive coolant mister suitable for small machines.
Rhino Modelling Portfolio
Ebay auctions, sometimes I have good deals on tools, or just weird
stuff. (none right now)
Books, Magazines and Tools available through my Amazon.com store
Adjustable Recoil Pads. I am now a dealer for Morgan adjustable recoil
pads, for you gunsmiths out there.
- FROG I have finished
reviewing the FROG x-axis CNC powerfeed/threading unit for the Taig (Updated
October 3rd, 2001) Sadly FROG is out of business.
- KENBO Here's
a review of the KENBO quick change toolpost for the Taig
- SPILLAGE Spillage
International makes many accessories (shell mill, clamping kit and grid plate,
etc.) for the Taig and MaxNC Milling machines. Here are my experiences with
A review of the innovative Knaell (Minimech) threading accessory for the Taig
(February 21st, 2002)
- The Flipper
A Quick Toolpost Wrench for the Taig Lathe by the makers of the FROG (Oct.
- Jim Shaulis Quick Change
Toolpost A well made quick change toolpost for the Taig (Oct. 27th,
- The Divisionmaster
A stand alone CNC rotary indexing attachment, made by Tony Jeffree (Nov. 4th,
makes clamping kits, nuts and wrenches for the Taig milling machine, Here
is a review of their clamping kit. (January 26th, 2005)
- The A2Z CNC Endmill Holder
a screw on endmill holder for the Taig milling machine (April 8th, 2005)
- High Tech Systems LLC
Taig Milling Machine Tooling Plate a tooling plate sub table for the
Taig Milling Machine (May 3rd, 2005) They Have Changed the Design since the
- The Beall Tool Company
Collet Chuck an ER32 collet chuck for the Taig and other lathes. (May
has a number of interesting accessories which work with the Taig lathe
and milling machine. (July 6th, 2005)
- TS Engineering's Modular
Vise for the Taig Milling Machine. An excellent and useful workholding
solution. (July 27th, 2005)
- White Wolf Screw on
Endmill Holders for the Taig Milling Machine. From 1/8" to 1/2"
and more. (February 13th, 2006)
- Review of the TurboTaig
Step and Direction Upgrade Board Peter Homann's Upgrade Board for
older Taig controllers (March 10th, 2006)
- Tom Benedict Reviews
the TurboTaig Step and Direction Upgrade Board (March 23rd, 2006)
Knurling Tool Review (April 28th, 2006)
- Review of the Nanotram
for the Taig Milling Machine (May 5th, 2006)
- Paul Chamberlain's
4 Way Toolpost for the Taig Lathe (October 16th, 2007)
- The Taig Lathe
A guidebook by Tony Jeffree available through me. Every Taig Lathe owner should
- Machine Shop Trade Secrets
is a great new book full of helpful shop tips. (January 30th, 2005)
- Machine Shop Essentials:
Questions and Answers, 2nd Edition is a basic text on machine shop
operations. (June 9th, 2008)
- CNC Programming Handbook
is an excellent and detailed book about programming CNC machine tools.
(February 21st, 2005)
- Machinery's Handbook
is the "bible" of the metalworking industry, here is my review.
(March 2nd, 2005)
- Welding Fabrication
and Repair: Questions and Answers, a good welding and fabrication
book. (March 9th, 2005)
Reduction Through Effective Workholding, an advanced jig and
fixture design book (April 8th, 2005)
- Make magazine,
a new DIY magazine that straddles the mechanical and digital worlds. (April
- Welding Essentials: Questions
and Answers, an excellent welding textbook. (April 8th, 2005)
- Easy CNC, A Beginner's
Guide to CNC, programming a CNC benchtop mill, made easy. (October
- CNC Cookbook, a
good text on designing and building your own CNC system. (July 1st, 2009)
Want a product or book reviewed? Email me.
Other Manufacturers Lathes, General Lathe Information
makes a line of miniature machine tools, their web pages contain volumes
of interesting information.
I sell some Sherline accessories on my Sherline
- Levin makes
some of the best and most accurate small lathes available today, if you can
Has the smallest metal lathe, designed by the inventor of the Sherline
- Myford, the
Cadillac of home shop lathes.
- Tony Griffiths
maintains a web site with information about many different types of metal
lathes, well worth looking at if one is shopping for a new or used lathe
has tons of info on the 7x10 /12/xx series of imported lathes.
- Logan Actuator
has information and parts for Logan lathes, as well as a useful tips section.
- Cowells Small
CNC, CAD, CAM Links
Instruction and Information
Software and Software Dealers
("*" means I use the software myself,
"**" means recommended by other users,
even though I don't have much experience with it myself)
- CAM and Code Creation/Editing
- CAD and CAM
Marginal CAD and relatively good CAM, I used to use it but now mainly
use MadCam. Make sure you find a discounted price, company uses the "used
car salesman" method of sales. * (download
Werby sells a number of CAD and CAM programs including Visualmill,
RhinoCam and Deskproto at competitive prices, and a good price on Rhino.
is a great seller of various CAD CAM software including DeskCNC and Vector,
he has demo downloads. **
is CAD and CAM, and offers a free CAD program for 2D drawings**
Multisoft has some inexpensive CAD/CAM programs
- Mach 2 and 3 control
software. Runs in Windows
XP/2000 and can be used with the latest Taig controller. An exceptional
is a machine control program that seems to be much better than the stock
MPS2000 program, and it's only $20! DAK
Engineering has a lot of other fun stuff as well! *
An inexpensive machine control program.
- CNC Zeus
is another control program.
- CAD and/or CAM and Control
- Utilities, Verification, and Misc. Software
- Dan Mauch's
Camtronics is a great source for DIY CAD-CAM
is a great supplier of machine control hardware, from steppers to boards.
- Xylotex sells
machine controllers and has excellent support, Jeff is a frequent contributor
to the Taig yahoogroup. I use a Xylotex controller on one of my Taig mills
and it performs flawlessly. *
- CNC on a Budget
has some cool products for the DIY CNC machine
- IMService sells
controllers and steppers and systems.
- CNC Electronics
has parts for larger CNC mills.
- GeckoDrive CNC
- Mill Fixtures
for CNC wax milling
Corp has Breakout Boards and a slew of
excellent articles on CNC.
Electronics, Xylotex kept sending me
to their site for all the components I needed, so why not a link?
General Machining Information, Links and Instruction
Miscellaneous Mechanical Links
Machine Shop, Tool and Material Suppliers
- MSC has an
enormous free catalog of metalworking supplies (an ideal place to buy toolbits
etc. for the Taig) and they don't mind at all selling to the home machinist.
- ENCO is owned
by MSC and has more bargain (cheap) oriented items
Metals I am now affiliated with Online Metals. I think it's less expensive
to buy metal from local suppliers or scrap yards rather than by mail, however
if you need some metal that you can't find locally, try them out. (Disclaimer:
I receive a commission for each sale coming from this website).
- Surplus Center
has motors and other mechanical items.
- Reid Tool Supply
is a great place for some hard to find machine shop supplies.
you are down in Roseburg, Oregon, HPS, my favorite used tool dealer is
located near the airport. Tell them I sent you.
- Discount Tools
seem to have good prices.
- ClockDoctor has
taps and dies for WW collets, WW Collets and other good small watchmakers
- American Carbide
seems to have good prices, anyone have any experience with them?
- Bits & Bits
makes engraving cutters, wax milling cutters, end mills and has diamond drag
engraving bits. Paul is a great guy and runs an excellent company. A must
for all wax carving and jewelry work on the Taig CNC mill.
- Crown Cutters
has small tooling as well.
Has some engraving tools.
Drive Products finally has an online store, with prices, useful products
great for making small machines.
Eiman sells WW lathe collets and watch related items.
Machine Shop sells small accessories for import Minilathes and Mills,
some will fit the Taig products.
- Small Parts has
hard to find mechanical items.
- US Shop Tools
has low prices, haven't used them myself.
- Martin Model and
Pattern sells models, castings and will make castings for you.
- Brownell's Gunsmithing
Supplies (lots of hard to find tools even for non-gunsmithing...)
- McMaster Carr
has everything you need for machining and
Industrial and Scientific is a good place to look for parts and equipment
in one place, online.
Mailing Lists, Web Based Discussion Groups, Usenet Groups
Every day there are more and more machine shop related forums being created
on the web. Here are a few of the longer lasting and busier ones. For specific
machines it is always a good idea to check yahoogroups for dedicated forums.
Books and Magazines
Links to my non-metalworking pages, email, etc.
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