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Er-11 Collet Storage

Discussion in 'MINI-LATHE & MINI-MILL INFORMATION' started by Inflight, May 30, 2015.

  1. Inflight

    Inflight United States Active User Active Member

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    Inflight,
    That's a nice solution.
    Been trying to figure out how to organize my er-32's......hmmmm.
    -brino
     
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    I went into a resale shop and there was prob 50 wooden cigar boxes 3 bucks each. I left with an armload...Bob
     
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    Nice. What did you cut the foam with? It looks very neat.
     
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    Inflight United States Active User Active Member

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    Piney-
    The foam was leftover from a laptop shipping box. It had the bumpy egg-crate pattern.
    I made a quick hot-wire-foam-cutter using about 8 inches of 28g NiCr wire and about 8 VAC from a Variac to "plane" the foam to the thickness I needed. This process removed the egg-crate bumps.

    To make the holes for the collets and nuts, I used a simple hole-cutter punch hammered through the foam into a soft wood backer.
    The divots for the MT1 shanks was just done with a razor blade.

    The punched holes came out perfectly and the planed surface is the face side in the photo above.
     
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    I use both ER32 and ER11 collets. There is a full metric set (about 18 or 19) plus a few imperial ER32, and full sets of metric and imperial ER11, maybe 20 or 24 in total. I got some pvc water pipe from the hardware shop, cut to length using a simple jig on the bandsaw, they ended up as approx 1.5" o/d x 1.25" long for the ER32, and 5/8"o/d x 5/8"long for the ER11. The hardest bit was deburring. Then stuck together using plumbers primer and glue, left over from a previous job. The pvc pieces were stood in a drawer (hole side up!!) whilst gluing to ensure that the assembly was fairly flat. Then the whole lot was placed in a steel toolbox on the rubber mat and filled up with collets. The whole thing was done in an hour or two, and only cost a few dollars.
    As they say in the classics....Easy peasy!!
    cheers
    Bill
     
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    Nice! I was thinking Altoids tin when i read the title but this is great.
     
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    Nice storage is always handy for locating the bit you need when you need it :)

    My er32 collet set came in a wooden box with an mdf fitted grid of holes, amazingly (to me) i havent had a rust issue with it, although it has picked up a bit of oil which might help with that. Maybe they used a low acidity mdf?

    Always tempted by an er11 for all the times the 32's nut gets in the way.

    Stuart
     
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    Very nice idea!
    Jerry
     

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