by John

Some more photos of the Boxford, after the conversion.  Sounds like the Damascus Road doesn’t it.  Going CNC is almost an epiphany.


This is the wireless MPG controller.  The lathe can be controlled from across the room, using the MPG and the wireless mouse and keyboard.  The MPG even has an Estop kill button, along with the one on the lathe.


The new setup.  Normally the keyboard and mouse sit under the screen to avoid swarf.  Note the multitude of LED and halogen lights.  I need those these days.


The old Dell sits underneath, along with other bits and pieces.  The trolley has been very useful, as the lathe is progressively expelled from different rooms by SWMBO.


One drawer of tool holders, collets, inserts etc.  The other drawer is not so tidy.


The Dickson toolpost, and Diamond tangential tool.


The ER32 collet chuck.  Much more accurate than the Burnerd 3 jaw chuck.  The mounting plate and backing plate were made by me to a design by Stuart Tankard.

If this conversion is of interest to you, look out for a technical description of the process in an article by Stuart Tankard to be published next year in Australian Model Engineer.