The 3 x 5-inch Milling Table is a true flat surface on which round stock, machine parts, model castings and practically any irregularly shaped part can be clamped. The T-slots in the table are the same size as the one in the Unimat cross slide. This makes it possible to use the slotted screw chuck mounting method to mount chucks or faceplates at any point on the table effectively increasing the operating range and versatility of the basic Unimat.
A very unusual Unimat technique is possible with the milling table. A part can be chucked in any Unimat chuck, collet attachment, or mounted on the faceplates. Then, without upsetting the centering, you can remove the chuck from the lathe, mount it on the milling table for a cut, and again return to lathe operations.
Two T-nuts hold the milling table to the cross slide in 8 different ways, lengthwise, vertical or at a 45-degree angle to the lathe axis when mounting your work, arrange the T-bolt clamps so that the longest possible straight surface is in contact with the top of the table.
You can mill with the vertical drill press position, or set the headstock at an angle. Milling is easy after a little practice. Start with test cuts in light aluminum or wood to get the feel of the machine. The most common mistakes are using too high a spindle R.P.M., or feeding to fast.
You can increase the capacity of your Milling Table by making a raising block that allows the table to pass over the cross feed knob. The 1/2-inch thick aluminum or steel block measures 2 X 3 1/2 inches. Holes drilled through the block match the Milling Table for bolting.