Realising that available materials will likely have a bearing on the chosen method
I have not included dimensioned drawings. For me I have made guards from folded clear
acrylic sheet. For this I used a simple hot wire bender that makes the process a
simple one and achieving near professional results. That is providing you do not
leave the material too close to the hot wire for too long, as I did, and can be seen
on the front bend of the pulley shroud, Photograph 31. Photograph 32 shows the guard
over the drive input belt.
If you have a sheet metal bender able to cope with the required lengths then one
made out of aluminium or sheet steel would be a more logical approach. The spindle
pulley could no doubt be protected with a cut down plastic container if all else
For anyone who has only a lathe and a drilling machine and whose intended workshop
activities involve relatively light duty operations, this milling head will be very
useful. The fact that it can be made without any need for milling operations also
makes it worth consideration.
There are many workshop activities that do not demand the capability of a heavy duty
milling facility, non more so than model engineering in the smaller scales. To illustrate
this I am showing elsewhere the Stationary Steam Engine “Tina” being made using just
the lathe fitted with the milling head, plus a very small drilling machine. Hopefully,
this will encourage those who feel that their workshop is insufficiently equipped
for making such a detailed model to have a rethink and make the milling head and
get started on an interesting project in some form.