How to Sharpen End Mills on Milling Cutters

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End mills are used along with your milling machine to sharpen your wood or metal craft projects, in addition to making holes in wood for storage or style purposes. However, over time, the bits of the mills can wear down and lose their sharpness. Use your milling cutter and milling machine to get it sharpened and ready for use again.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Functioning power outlet
  • C-clamps

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unplug the machine from the functioning power outlet.

  2. 2

    Attach the end mill you want to sharpen to the centre of the machine work plate, using the C-clamps.

  3. 3

    Attach the milling cutter to the machine's quill, located at the top of the machine's lever assembly, by hand.

  4. 4

    Plug the machine back into the outlet and turn it on.

  5. 5

    Adjust the positioning of the end mill by turning the right feed handle to move the work plate side-to-side, and turning the middle feed handle to move the plate up-and-down. Use these handles to sharpen the mill bit by running the cutter across it side-to-side.

  6. 6

    Turn the machine off and unplug it when you have sharpened the bit to your specifications, then remove it to use it with the machine again.

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