@RobinHood that would be nice if you could do that. Always helpful to hear what others experiences are.
I’m in the Doverglen area if you wan to borrow this a collet would have to be made though.I have both a Deckel SO tool grinder and a Clarkson T&C Grinder with all attachments except the air bearing. So far, I have not fully ground end mills (my box of “to be ground” is filling up more and more though). I have used both (and the surface grinder) to make specialty tools for the lathe & mill. They work very well for compound, precision angles.
I foresee, when I run out of end mills, that I will setup a “grinding session” and just do all of the dull cutters at once…
I will probably do a little write up on how it went and lessons learned.
I think my “grinding session” has just moved up the priority list by a lot….I’m in the Doverglen area if you wan to borrow this a collet would have to be made though.
It is the most critical to make a good design and quickly put it into the actual production. When you make the first improvement, you will find its defects, and the production will be gradually perfect after modifying the design. I used to do ---- firstGuys, I have always wanted a grinder so I could resurect some of my end mills but grinders are usually too costly to be viable for a hobby guy like me. I have been pondering this dilemma for a while and the other day a bulb briefly flickered on in my brain. (dangerous , I know). A while ago I acquired an old Black and Decker Super Valve Service valve grinding machine. It runs, but it is missing a few pieces like the valve holder for grinding the end of the valve stem. Both stones are there as well as everything for refacing the valve. Before asking the big question, realize that I have not put a great deal of thought into this yet as I have alot going on right now, but,has anyone tried to adapt a valve grinder to grind end mill cutters? I am thinking only the end and not the side. What do you think? : doable ? stupid idea ? not worth the effort ? By the way I'm recently retired so would have some time for this in the future.
This place in Windsor does endmills. Drills, I do myself.. maybe show me on my field trip....Sounds good. I'll see if I can find an outfit like that around here.
I can't really see myself sharpening end mills myself. Heck, I can't even sharpen a drill bit decently. Sure, they work, but nothing beats a 15 minute trip to Varco for a brand new high quality drill bit. Saving up all my end mills and drill bits for an occasional trip to a sharpening outfit makes a lot of sense to me.
I’m in the Doverglen area if you wan to borrow this a collet would have to be made though.
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