Installed the top this evening, I picked up a 24 x 24 x 3/4 piece of oak veneered plywood from Lowes, cut the hole for the mill then stained and sealed it.
I wanted to place the mill dead center instead of offset to one side. The mill was ordered with the 1/2’’ shaft option, but it only extends 2 1/8’’. That left me with 2 choices. Cut a slit in the table top for the pulley or extend the shaft. I chose to extend the shaft. I cut an 8’’ piece of 1/2’’ round bar and drilled the set screw points for the pulley and lovejoy connector, then installed the shaft into 2 pillow blocks to secure it.
According to Crankandstein, I would need about 200 RPM at the mill. So with a 1 1/2’’ pulley on the motor running 1725 RPM a 12’’ pulley would get me around 215 RPM at the mill – close enough.
The mill does not come with any side plates, I’m good with that, I like diamond plate anyway…
Although it required a few more parts, it worked out great.
After taking it off the table, this thing is getting a little heavy. Gonna have to rethink the elevator bolts and put it on some casters.
Gonna give it the finishing touches this weekend.