Here’s another great weekend project from Ken, a Fly Cutter.
Here’s what Ken has to say about his Fly Cutter plans:
“No, it’s not for cutting up flies, it’s for skimming metal up to say 50mm wide.
This was also designed to screw straight onto my Unimat 3 mill spindle, so again, the rear end was drilled and tapped M14x1 to suit. Make any changes to thread size, to suit your mini mill.
Made of 30mm brt ms x 40mm long, it consists of only three parts, the body and three M6x10 grub screws – couldn’t be simpler. Just add your cutting tool, up to 8mm sq. shank.
Clamping is via two grub screws, and a jacking screw is positioned inside the slot to adjust the angle of the cutting tool.
To be honest, I have not had a lot of success with this cutter, I don’t think my mini mill is strong enough, or I have got something else wrong.
Attached are a couple of pictures, and a pdf drawing. Coming up next is a scissor action knurling tool, and there’s more after that, so stay tuned, the best is yet to come.”
Ken originally posted these plans back in 2007 (along with 4 others) on the Metalworking section of Woodworking Australia’s Woodwork Forums. Here’s a link to Ken’s original Fly Cutter post in the Metalworking section of the forum. Check back next Thursday for Ken’s next project, a Scissor Action Knurling Tool.
Thanks for contributing Ken! If anyone has advise for Ken on why he’s not having the best of luck with his Fly Cutter, please leave a comment.
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