For my gas engine from a steam engine (Transitional Engine) I needed a frame made from I-beams. As you cannot buy these I decided to make them from rectangualr section mild steel.

The overall section of the I is 1/2″ wide and 3/4″ deep.

The first stage was to slot drill each side of the beam.

Here the first cut has been made with a 12mm slot drill the wider face that is 3/4″ wide.

The first beam after milling each side. I carefully set up and machined each slot with the y-axis of the milling machine locked out.

The final cut was made with a 12mm end mill that has a radius of 1.5mm – a rather strange solid carbide end mill that I picked up last year at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition.

You can see this slight radius in the main picture and the last picture on this page.

The cross-beams for the frame are bolted in place.

Also, note my initials stamped into the I-beams – these will just be visible once I have under-coated and then top-coated the machined section.

I’m not a great fan of the mini-mill as it has taken me a lot of time and effort to turns this into a reasonable milling machine, but the results here are rather good, you can read more about the trials and tribulations of my Amadeal XJ12-300 milling machine from the initial review, through to the failed gears, gas strut and belt drive.

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I've been making models since I was around 7 years old and using a lathe from the age of 11, a self taught engineer with a passion for making model engines.

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