It's broken....FIXING THE MILL!!! Part 1

  • Published on Feb 8, 2018
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Comments • 660

  • Dale Kallio
    Dale Kallio 9 days ago

    We had virtually the same mill in my National Guard machine shop where I once was an untrained machinist (I was never sent to the school). My boss was a very good teacher and I gained some competence in basic operation and maintenance. Getting those dovetail areas resurfaced is financially counterproductive. An indicator, lapping compound and a lot of patient work is the only sensible way to get the ways back into shape (lots of little figure eights). The table might be reconditioned with the help of the surface grinder. The gib could be machined or replaced. I don't know if there is any help for the worm and the backlash apart from a replacement worm (costly). I know you could achieve good accuracy with caution (backlash removal and single direction passes). You're a good man Charlie Brown; keep at it ;-)

  • Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams 2 months ago

    Anybody else see Alec thrust into the mill at 10:13

  • Dalton Harrington
    Dalton Harrington 3 months ago

    The scrape marks are called cross hatch and it’s not only to retain oil but to remove particles as well

  • Garnett Miller
    Garnett Miller 3 months ago

    Loved the jib cutaway.

  • Shadow
    Shadow 3 months ago

    Have you ever thought about doing canister demaskis steel. I think it would come out with cool patterns. What do you think?

  • Geffrei Maudeleyne
    Geffrei Maudeleyne 3 months ago

    Step one is UNPLUG the machine.

  • magic man
    magic man 4 months ago

    almost forgot be sure to blow out any filling before reassembly. don't use any lubricant during filing as it will cause your fillings to stick to the ways.

  • magic man
    magic man 4 months ago

    you can re-grind your ways with a piece of high grit wet dry sand paper between placed between your gibs and ways. sorry takes lots of elbow grease to get them back to perfect. keep tightening your gibs until the resistance is similar along the full travel. replace the sandpaper many times.

  • Jaidin Buchanan
    Jaidin Buchanan 5 months ago

    Clapped out Bridgeport lol

  • 30mphDorris Dave
    30mphDorris Dave 6 months ago

    9:02 what

  • Flying BANANA fish
    Flying BANANA fish 6 months ago

    Hi. great video as always! I love watching you plan and fill the new workshop.
    Just out of curiosity (me and my friends had a little discussion about this):
    how much did you pay for the raw steele for the welding table?

  • joker Darker
    joker Darker 7 months ago


  • xcrazedxrhetoricx
    xcrazedxrhetoricx 8 months ago

    the boat flash. lol thanks

  • Paulo Figueiredo
    Paulo Figueiredo 8 months ago

    my friend you do know that you have a mill right? why dont you make a new gib? Great videos btw, keep up the good work !

  • Keith G
    Keith G 9 months ago

    Enjoy you enthusiasm. My Father's shop had similar problems and even after covering we continued with fine shavings - so my dad ran an airline with a small valves to keep it all very clean...…...

  • N Jones
    N Jones 9 months ago

    breaking things is the best way to learn how they work (though probably not the suggested way)

  • Aepek
    Aepek 9 months ago

    Love the fowler ball caliper you have. Most ppl use digital vernier calipers, so....kind of cool
    Cheers Mate, A👍🏻👍🏻

  • Nicholai Ivan
    Nicholai Ivan 9 months ago

    u can order a new gib or just make ur own... :P

  • Nicholai Ivan
    Nicholai Ivan 9 months ago

    lol you should see how wrecked one of our pre electronics beidgeport at work is

  • Steve Osborne
    Steve Osborne 9 months ago

    Why the yacht image

  • Donald Parlett jr
    Donald Parlett jr 9 months ago

    An engineer that shows common sense. Bravo!

  • Diesel Ramcharger
    Diesel Ramcharger 9 months ago

    its a vertical turret mill.

  • Harman Sohal
    Harman Sohal 9 months ago

    Alec You are looking like taron egerton (eggsy) from kings man!!!!!!!!!! handsome XD

  • Joseph Comeau
    Joseph Comeau 9 months ago

    Clapped out Bridgeport?

  • Jean-Simon Lavoie
    Jean-Simon Lavoie 10 months ago


  • Greg B
    Greg B 10 months ago

    can you calm down on you teleportation and camera movement sounds good but hard to watch get dizzy watching

  • Denny Skerb
    Denny Skerb 10 months ago

    Blacksmith pretending to be a machinist. Melt some Fukin steel mate!

  • Nontas Anastasios
    Nontas Anastasios 10 months ago

    Danm the mill broke!!! Lets make 30 episodes on it

  • Russell Uiseb
    Russell Uiseb 10 months ago

    Yeah man.. Try showing us how to built a DIY press

  • Calvin Brown
    Calvin Brown 10 months ago

    Hmm,,, maybe read a manual before use,,,, lol

  • hobbes7839
    hobbes7839 10 months ago

    Where did you get the blue dispenser for your oil Alec?

  • Master Of none tv
    Master Of none tv 10 months ago

    I don't know what I'm doing but I'm going to explain every little part of this machine and exactly how it works.

  • Duane Grabert
    Duane Grabert 10 months ago

    Watching this in august 2018. Love this guy.

  • Jon Steel
    Jon Steel 10 months ago

    Hey Alex, I love your videos and the variety of things you like to tinker with... even though your last name is spelled wrong =-P

  • Mike Lakes
    Mike Lakes 10 months ago


  • Fred Garvin
    Fred Garvin 10 months ago

    Someone didn't pay the extra $$$ and order the hardened bedways. This mill looks like it was in a room with grinders, a huge no no.

  • PaganChieftan
    PaganChieftan 10 months ago

    Hi Alex ,great job on the repair.I am an overhaul mechanic by trade,if I ever get back home to England I would love to re scrape the ways of your Bridgeport.

  • Super Grover
    Super Grover 10 months ago

    The horse has bolted. Quick, shut the gate!! :D

  • Anderson Knup
    Anderson Knup 10 months ago


  • Robert S
    Robert S 10 months ago

    Thou of play using a metric clock 😂😂👍

  • MetalWorks Machine Shop
    MetalWorks Machine Shop 10 months ago

    Same condition as my mill. Its seen a hard life.

  • Roger L. Ortiz
    Roger L. Ortiz 10 months ago

    Titanium milling indeed wasn't smart....

  • Gus Mcgussy
    Gus Mcgussy 10 months ago

    Felt not leather lol

  • lepompier132
    lepompier132 10 months ago

    Your Mill need a big overhaul ! You're cutting corners the way I see it !

  • Robert Lunsford
    Robert Lunsford 10 months ago

    This video is making me feel guilty about not cleaning my mill enough. You need to take the weight off the knee to check for play.

  • Cheshired Grin
    Cheshired Grin 10 months ago

    is that a new boat?

  • jitsu222
    jitsu222 11 months ago

    Brilliant video. You’re an amazing young man Alec. I’m fully impressed bro.

  • Anders Petersen
    Anders Petersen 11 months ago

    Just hit it with a hammer ?

  • grafvonstauffenburg
    grafvonstauffenburg 11 months ago

    How much deflection is there in the centre of the bed? .....moreover, you still have to check the axes for the accuracy of their perpendicularity to each other, but that COULD be done after you've corrected the lash.....

  • Jason Bodenheimer
    Jason Bodenheimer 11 months ago

    9:02, Jib...Sailboat...Subliminal messaging... almost Fight-Club, just PG rated. Nice!

  • Kim Fuck U
    Kim Fuck U 11 months ago

    The backlash as such isn't a problem if you alway make sure your milling head rotation is always against the backlash direction. Otherwise it will jump into your face pretty quickly.

  • Mr T
    Mr T 11 months ago

    Rig up a vacuum inlet by the cutter and use a fogless coolant mister. Chips kill cutters so getting them away works wonders.

  • Will Wade
    Will Wade 11 months ago

    In the navy we replaced the wipers with thin pieces of gasket rubber.

  • Will Wade
    Will Wade 11 months ago

    Been there, done that. Rebuilt a couple of them.

  • On Your Left
    On Your Left 11 months ago

    I cant help but think of the titanium milling. That material was harder than most of your mill

  • Paul Medland
    Paul Medland 11 months ago

    I know I am a bit late to this party but did nobody suggest Keith Rucker at he has a wealth of online manuals for all sorts of machines and I would bet he ha a manual for most if not all of the Bridgeport in whatever configuration they come in.
    Keith Fenner at also the man I mentioned above. They are both worth a watch if you want to know more about using a bridgeport Alex. :-)

  • Hugh Coleman
    Hugh Coleman 11 months ago

    Always loved a Bridgeport mill. So versatile.

  • fragwits
    fragwits 11 months ago

    keep your gibb clean.

  • Roi R. Czechvala
    Roi R. Czechvala 11 months ago

    Who got the joke about the jib?

  • Theophilus Jedediah
    Theophilus Jedediah 11 months ago

    I watch you cut up your leather gear and I want to send you a nice piece of ‘Dam Leather’ from our shop here in the PNW of the USA. We deal in custom leathers for craft and commercial uses. Well, off to your site to get your address. I’ll include instructions for use..

  • John Dennis
    John Dennis 11 months ago

    I'll give you a tip, whenever you stone a surface on the mill, stone the entire surface. This will help to prevent low spots.

  • Theophilus Jedediah
    Theophilus Jedediah 11 months ago

    ‘Backlash’ =a 25 year old beauty queen that marries an 89 year old millionaire...(“She was bound to suffer some serious backlash from the 65 year old daughter when she was made majority heir to the old man’s fortune after the marriage) ....-the rest of you with dirty minds are already ahead of me making up your own jokes....

  • Seth H
    Seth H 11 months ago

    Less talky talky more fixie fixie... you spent more than a third of your video just talkin

  • clayton steele
    clayton steele 11 months ago

    you cant use your gauge on an angle when trying to take a true measurment. In one part of the video you are using a dial guage to measure the slop in you table by pushing and pulling on it. The dial gauge said 0.8-1.0mm but it was at an angle so that is false. it's more then that.
    You can only use a dial gauge at an angle to the measurement when you using it to check for concentricity on a lathe or for checking for error across a parallel. This wont tell you how far it's out but it will tell you when you a concentric or parellel. If you wanted to find the true error of your table the dial gauge should have been in the plain of the movement.

  • Ivan Lusenko
    Ivan Lusenko Year ago

    Hello from Russia!!!

  • Grey Wolf
    Grey Wolf Year ago

    who's nut is were bru hahaha

  • Notso Fresh
    Notso Fresh Year ago

    Magnets can be useful in a machine shop but keep in mind they will attract chips. Sometimes big nests of them.

  • Dru Bradley
    Dru Bradley Year ago

    LOL..... At 2 minues & 45 seconds........ ((((( STRIKE A POSE )))))..... LOL.... just kidding... continue on, kind Sir...

  • GehnrLee
    GehnrLee Year ago

    Stellar explanation of backlash, that is how I'll be explaining it from now on. Thank you!

  • TheAdventuresOf
    TheAdventuresOf Year ago

    As a machinist I cringed watching this...

  • The Ponkster
    The Ponkster Year ago

    Sir I admire your cavalier approach - some time you can think yourself out of doing the hard jobs !

  • Kevin Spina
    Kevin Spina Year ago

    When the time comes to tear it apart again, look into "ball screws" very well spent investment.
    Also with the hand coordination you have my friend, i feel you would do an awesome job hand scraping the ways if you put your mind to it.
    Well done!

  • edgeofeternity101

    Careful using air pressure around the ways, thats how a lot of chips get under there. Also one part of the mill that usually gets neglected, is the bushing on the draw bar. Give that a shot of way lube once in a while.

  • just tim
    just tim Year ago

    Someone like you should not be allowed to own any machine tools, you break them and think it's funny. I wish I was fortunate enough to own a Bridgeport. What a clown.

  • chaos Ronin
    chaos Ronin Year ago

    Tooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many jump cuts, Jesus Christ it gave me a headache and I really wanted to watch it too haha

  • Scott Freeman
    Scott Freeman Year ago

    We have that exact same mill at work. It needs some work as well.

  • bob thebuilder
    bob thebuilder Year ago

    Just contact AvE he’ll fix it

  • Zachary Leib-Perry

    I've seen some mills with an accordion-like cover over all the traveling sections. It would definitely be way more protective than what you made there, but also probably would require some pretty crazy modifications to your mill to add one unfortunately

  • john santos
    john santos Year ago

    wooooowwww....great video thank you Alec.

  • Thijs van Gisbergen

    hey aren't you supposed to loosen that screw, then move the table? You can move it easily, and when it's on the spot you want you tighten the screw again?

  • Thijs van Gisbergen

    Alec Steele, you should fix it with some good 'ol forgin'

  • bryansne23
    bryansne23 Year ago

    I love all of the subtle jokes! "To save some money" (shoves money under the wiper) nice!

  • cheewurz
    cheewurz Year ago

    Keith Rucker goes through all the Processes.

  • John Smith
    John Smith Year ago

    Do your parents ever watch your videos???

  • Jhon Renato Escobar Montoya

    You deserve more

  • Lindsay Ann
    Lindsay Ann Year ago

    English people eat chips for tea. We make do swarf on a mill though.

    THE SAM TEST Year ago

    I would go over to AVE channel he could help you .

  • Cameron Bowes
    Cameron Bowes Year ago

    dont use WD-40 it'll gunk up your machine and leave it worse then it was

  • Shane Bell
    Shane Bell Year ago im late to this party but this is a great resource for repairing bridgeports

  • Alvadar65
    Alvadar65 Year ago

    This is fantastically fascinating, I love it!


    I think that it's kind of good for starters to not actually care that much, because when times like these come, and financially you can't afford a new one, you get to use your brains and think of something alternative to fix stuff for while being, and educate yourself on how that particular device, in this case machinery, works, because you are required to dismantle it, which can be interesting, if you can follow up which part goes where, otherwise, if you forgot, and you don't have manual, you can have pretty fun time figuring out where goes which screw for example, or just re-watch video if you filmed it. So in this case it's a really good thing for a youtuber like yourself, you can check what you did before, and plus, it gives additional content when something is broken and you are trying to DIY fix stuff, but of course, not always it's a good thing, especially when it's not fixable, and you just have to buy a new one, in that case additional youtube content wont suffice to pay it off, or so I imagine, so it's better to take care of complicated parts first.

  • xxZMANxx
    xxZMANxx Year ago

    so im just gonna say it, either you never have and are just got that sort of personality (which is a fun one) or you watch a bit of doctor who

  • mr Rein
    mr Rein Year ago

    yacht ??

  • zebedie2
    zebedie2 Year ago

    normally you use a collet such as an ER collet for milling, and a drill chuck for drilling holes
    A drill chuck isn't very accurate or good for milling btw

  • johnyfartpants
    johnyfartpants Year ago

    "1 turn of backlash unacceptable" we made parts for the prototype of the eurofighter with around 5 times that....

  • zakkyummms
    zakkyummms Year ago

    Too much talking.

  • MrPicaso72
    MrPicaso72 Year ago

    Striations. Not Styrations.

  • the unknown
    the unknown Year ago

    so you are a mechanic now

  • desertsoul02
    desertsoul02 Year ago

    Is this man.... a british cowboy??

  • Zinny Longson
    Zinny Longson Year ago

    Where do you get your music from Alec! Especially the one at 9:38!