Using the 4-axis mill was a bit of a pain (good thing Ben was there to help me). Perhaps it was because I couldn’t find much documentation or his instructions on his blog, and there are a lot of steps/instructions for the 4-axis mill.
When it was milling, I thought it was really cool, however, I was shocked that it takes hours to complete a small little job. I’m not sure how I feel about it…maybe I will use it again one day.
First I measured my piece of wood
Ben then helped me set up the machine- at first it wasn’t working because the Y-axis was messed up, and then on the physical setup I forgot to tighten the metal piece that looks into the wood with an allen wrench. We then made sure the machine located the bit and then the bit was positioned at the left side of the wood. The job took about 2 hours because we added tabs, although we took out some of the perfectionism of the finishing so the job would have taken longer had we not done so.
When the machine started milling it was pretty cool, carving left and right row by row. And when it was done on that side, it rotated which was cool!
When both sides were done, I used the miter saw and a little bit of the band saw to cut the extra wood and tabs off of the hexagon I created. I then carefully used the sander to sand down the edges of my piece.
What I learned
The four-axis mill is a cool tool.
Hard to set up and takes a long time to mill