Started with the X-axis, went through a couple of designs, this worked out best with out reducing the 9.065 total travel. Ended up with tapping 1 hole in the Y-axis carrier. Indicator travels, slide stationary.
This is the only hole I tapped in the mill.
Next was the Z-axis, 7.675 travel, probably the easiest one:
Yea, I know, only one attaching bolt, but a very tight fit in the keyway keeps it solid. If it starts moving around at a later date, I can always tap a second bolt in. Indicator fixed, slide travels
Last was the Y-axis, 3.750 travel, tricky to get required clearances, indicator travels, slide fixed.
Limitations of the mini mill:
Not a lot of travel.Hard to get X-axis gibs adjusted tight enough to obtain desired results and still be able to run power drive at slower settings. Y-axis gibs not very long, again contributing to adjustment difficulties.
Z-axis large amount of backlash, mostly due to rack and pinion instead of leadscrew design.
Other then the obvious limitations of an inexpensive mini, I think it will work out.
I have about $250 for the mill, $175 for the power drive, $175 for the belt conversion, $100 for the 3 DRO's, and about 40 hrs shop time into it.