Stiffening the Vertical Column on the X2 Mill

The X2 mini mill is very handy, but a small mill such as this comes with inherent problem as a mill that weights less than a thousand pounds. The vertical column is made to be adjustable, and the versatility results in a column that is very weak and wobbly.  Not to mention that the column inherently leans forward by about 1 degree and there’s no way of adjusting it.

Many talented machinists had already found solutions to help remedy the problem.  One of which is to add a support panel on the back which fixes the vertical column to the base of the mill, giving up the mill’s ability to tilt sideways, which I’m happy to give up.

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No need for any plans, just picked up a 4 x 12″ X 1/2 piece of steel, and a 2.5 x 6 x 3/4 steel to complete the task.  After putting the two pieces together, I bust out the welding machine and welded the pieces together.  Not that I needed to, but because I desperately needed more practice with the welder.  The welding job was shamefully bad, but my welder is underpowered and so is my experience with it.  Can’t complain.

IMG_9106Just need to drill and tap the vertical column after that, very easy, and happy that the cheap tap and die set from HarborFreight worked just fine.
Also added two L shaped support on the side to help with adjusting the tilt of the column.  Was able to get the column to be almost perfectly straight afterwards so I’m a happy camper.

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