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Discussion in '++ MACHINE RESTORATION & SCRAPING KNOWLEDGE BASE ++' started by Hukshawn, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Hukshawn

    Hukshawn Canada H-M Supporter - Premium Content H-M Supporter-Premium

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    The guys on this site that restore machines, where do you guys go to get the name plates and tables reprinted on metal plates? A few of you seen several times pictures of the gear tables on my lathe and they're really quite faded. I really love to have them reprinted but I don't have any idea where to go
     
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    You can restore yourself if there is enough meat left on the lettering. Keith Rucker did a video on restoring his for the LeBlond or Monarch he was working on. Otherwise, you have to get together with others that have that same machine, and hope someone has figured it out. Seems like somebody did some SB or Logan replica plates a while back.
     
  3. Hukshawn

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    I'll win the lottery before I find original or remade parts for this lathe.
     
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    I'll check that video out.
     
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    Keith was restoring a stamped plate, mine is printed. I cannot use his same method. But thanks for the reference.
     
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    What u got, there could be repops out there
     
  7. Hukshawn

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    There won't be spare plates out there. I literally cannot even find another one of these lathes never mind parts.
    There is a company H.R Roberts machinery that has the blueprints to make parts but they are astronomically expensive. But I have emailed them already. I've also contacted a local trophy shop that had printed on brass plates for me when I made my brother in-laws urns a few years ago.
    We'll see what I come up with. I was just putting feelers out there what some of the guys here have done.
     
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    I would call a local silk screening place. They would have access to someone to draw the art from your current plate (To make the screens) in each color you want and could silk screen it on a metal plate for you. In High School 30 years ago we had a setup for that, very easy to do.

    If just one color I saw a process somewhere where you print on a special paper on a laser printer then iron on the lettering from there to the metal plate so you could do it yourself if you could draw up the images and had access to a laser printer. Someone was doing that for making pc boards on copper clad boards. Then cover with clear lacquer to protect it.

    The good thing about the rare lathe is you can make the plate like you want it so long as it looks good no one would notice because no other machine to compare to. No pressure on getting exact match, just a good clean plate.
     
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    I use a local graphics or sign company. They have a lot of tools to make new. One company is an engraver and I will have some stamped plates engraved. I have found that they are very reasonable for their rates. I have a challenge coming up, a Logan stamped name plate. It will be interesting as to what I find out on this one and the compromises I may have to make.
     
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    John Saunders posted a video showing one technique to make a filled brass plate:



    If making steel plates, you can use printed circuit board techniques. Reverse laser print on a transparent material and iron it onto the plate. Put some resist coating on the back side and dip in some ferric chloride solution till you get to the desired depth of etch. You can get ferric chloride from most electronic component stores.

    For a printed plate, I have thought of printing on a t-shirt transfer sheet and applying that to the plate. I have yet to try it so I can't confirm whether this will work or not. You would need to apply a clear protective coat afterwards.

    You can also get laser and inkjet printable decal sheets. Same as above, have the material but haven't tested it.

    Of course all of these depend on having a cleaned up graphic of the original plate.

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    I've used decal printer paper for machine logos. It seems that you could use it for metal data plates as well.
     
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    All of these printer methods are okay with the oils and solvents? We have a laser printer... I wouldn't know what paper to use tho...

    All of the companies I called cannot do what I'm asking.
     
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    I am also interested in the laser printer paper one, As I have an Asian lathe that needs tome new labels Single color will work. But right now I have nothing.
     
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    I read that Testers makes a printable transfer decal paper. Like the iron on stuff, but works with water like the decals that come with the plastic models. The article said it works great for logos and info plates.

    Here, I found it.

    http://wiki.vintagemachinery.org/CreatingDecals.ashx
     
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    I have used the laser printer decal paper for some labels. I brought the clear background (you can also get a white background decal paper) to allow the machine colour to be the background.
    The results were varying. The laser printed colour is not so vivid so can appear a bit washed out and hard to see on a dark background, but works quite well on a light background.
     
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