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Offline Joco

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After taking the lathe off the stand and doing some checks I came to the conclusion I wanted to allow a more easy flood coolant setup.  Something where I wasn't going to end up having to use sealants under the lathe feet to stop leaks.  The answer was a tray which sat under the lathes mounting points.

Concept design:

Tray built and stitch welded.


Put in place and held with clamps.




Next will be to seal all the seams, put mounting tabs on the stand, drill drainage for the tray and plumb up a recirculating coolant system.

Cheers,
J
« Last Edit: August 07, 2017, 07:30:34 PM by Joco »
James
Wellington - NZ

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Re: Lathe Stand Updates - cose I just can't leave well enough alone
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2017, 11:21:12 AM »

Hi James, that is really nice work and a smart idea.

Thomas

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Re: Lathe Stand Updates - cose I just can't leave well enough alone
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2017, 08:36:49 PM »
I finished TIG welding out all the seams last night after advise not to use sealant.  After letting this cool down I put water into the tray to do a leak test.   No initial leaks!   :ThumbsUp:

I then left things for about 30 mins and felt along all the seams other than cool meal no dampness.   So I think I have a leak free tray.    :whoohoo:

Next stop is drilling for drainage, setting up required hosing and painting.
James
Wellington - NZ

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Re: Lathe Stand Updates - cose I just can't leave well enough alone
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 09:43:05 AM »
Just a pic of welded tray.  Cose there can never be too many pics.  Notice the marble which shows the lowest point for drainage.

James
Wellington - NZ

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Re: Lathe Stand Updates - cose I just can't leave well enough alone
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2017, 11:12:48 AM »
I knocked up some brackets from leftover 2mm sheet from the tray and some 25x3mm flat.  These will get welded onto the stand and act as supports/slides for the flood tray.



Cheers,
J.
James
Wellington - NZ

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Re: Lathe Stand Updates - cose I just can't leave well enough alone
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 12:25:40 PM »
Bit of a big update from efforts over the last number of days.

Brackets welded on the lathe.


The tray setup on the lathe before drilling the drain, attaching the drip pipe and painting.




The drip pipe under the drain. It's stainless pipe and not having any correct filler rod I decided to try my hand at TIG brazing.  So out with the silicone bronze to see what I could manage.  Not great but not a disaster either and it seems to have no holes.


Painting the flood tray. Nothing very original here, had a pot of rapid dry enamel black so thats what was used.


Lathe back on stand and ready to start tuning again while setting the flood tray etc in parallel.


Cheers,
J.
James
Wellington - NZ

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Re: Lathe Stand Updates - cose I just can't leave well enough alone
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2017, 05:35:59 PM »
James, that looks really nice!  Very professional!  And probably way more sturdy than many of the commercial stands too.
You should feel pretty good about your lathe stand.  :ThumbsUp:
Kim

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Re: Lathe Stand Updates - cose I just can't leave well enough alone
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2017, 09:54:44 AM »
The stand starting to look like its old self.   Need to get on to the coolant side of things and will document that for those interested.

James
Wellington - NZ