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Mini Lathe Chip Guards - Other 3d Printed Tools - N00b Thoughts/thank You!

Discussion in 'MINI-LATHE & MINI-MILL INFORMATION' started by entityunknown, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. entityunknown

    entityunknown United States Active Member Active Member

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    So I'm new to this forum but I've been doing a lot of reading/learning
    and a lot of it came from this site. I've got some basic machining skills
    from a couple machine shops I worked at as a kid and then I've been
    building stuff for years with some solid physics and math/geometry skills
    under my belt. I figured with all the awesome advice made available I
    figured I'd add in a couple helpful bits myself to say thank you :)

    Below are two really helpful tools I developed for my Grizzly G8688 7x12
    Mini Lathe which so far has served me well. The biggest concern I had to
    deal with first was chips getting in the gibs and gears. Both of these
    are 3d printable objects and thus far work great for me. The brushes are
    my favorite since they oil my ways for me while keeping all the swarf out
    of the saddle. They attach with magnets too so they can be removed and
    cleaned up easily. The apron gear cover was mounted with black RTV
    silicone and stays on nicely. No need for a tear down and tapping holes!
    All the details for these two are covered on the thingiverse site so I
    figure I'll save some space and not re-explain it all ;)

    7X12 Mini Lathe Way Rail Chip Guard Brush

    7X12 Mini-Lathe Apron Hand Wheel Gear Chip

    I also made a couple other items that are helpful.

    LittleMachineShop.com has a telescoping lead screw cover that benefits
    from two tools they sell to install them. I didn't order them by accident
    so I just made them instead. Chris from LMS gave me his blessings and
    linked the tools to my thingy as well. So I don't appear to be
    advertising I won't post the link to the product to buy, but chances are
    you know the product and thought about purchasing it if you haven't
    already ;) http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1942609

    The last lil useful tool is my no mod DRO setup but this is a remix from
    someone else's work which a remix from someone elses'. Gotta love open
    source design :) It's just a rest for your digital calipers with some
    creative thought. It's not perfect but it's better than just a ruler or
    your eyes and cheaper than any DRO system out there.

    A couple useful ideas I've had too is using a sponge brush to clean the
    ways while I use a bristle to clean everything else. The sponge gets all
    the crap off and oils the ways while the bristle seems to be better at
    getting all those nooks n crannys. This also lets me keep my bristle less
    oily so it clears chips efficiently. The bristle seems almost useless
    once it's oiled since it seems to displace chips in deeper crevices
    rather than clear them.

    I've also found setting a sheet of cardboard on my lap with an upward
    bend towards my stomach keeps all those chips on the cardboard and not on
    my pants. Since this is a hobby and not a living, I figure keep it simple
    and I don't feel like buying special clothes to turn or mill some metal.
    A shop apron is probably in my near future tho ;)

    THANK YOU ALL for you very insightful advice and all the ideas/mods that
    I've got slated for my lathe and my soon to be big bad mill :D
    hman, royesses and LucknowKen like this.
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    entityunknown United States Active Member Active Member

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    I will say though, the shop apron, with some velcro on the bottom of the apron and the bottom of your work bench is a brilliant idea as well! Just gotta find the velcro and attach it...

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