The handles to lock the table in the X axis are too long. If I don't remember to check their position every time I move the table, the handle can (has) jammed against the vise, bed or something bending the screw.


Why the mill locking handles need to be replaced handle hits the mill vice too. Locking handle also hits the Y wheele

My answer is taken from blondihacks.com "Easy Improvements for Your Lathe and Mill" about 11:45 into the youtube video. The mod is to replace the long handle with a brass knob. While I am at it, I will made four knobs, two for the X-axis and two for the Y-axis First lathe project.


Drawing of locking knob


The first knob is a little rough. Need to practice the knurling and find shorter set screws. As you can see, I use a Sharpie for layout. Quick, easy and cheap. Works fine and last long enough for a simple cut or to mark a hole.


Picture of brass locking knob. Locking knob with set screw another view of the locking knob

The knob just became a prototype. The shaft is too big.

mill X limit stop hits knob. Try again