This is a collection of smaller projects that are not worth a dedicated site, but might still be interesting.
G1L Waycover - 13-03-2017
<> Machine light - 16-01-2017
Bullnose caliper modification - 16-01-2017
Lathe tray - 16-01-2017
5C collet tray - 16-01-2017
Clamping set for the rotary table - 16-01-2017
Clamping bars for a screwless vice - 16-01-2017
Wedges to remove a drill chuck - 16-01-2017
The front of the Y-Way is protected by a second cover, it is held with magnets against the wipercover. The neoprene stock is clamped with a strip of coldrolled steel against the polycarbonate part:
The neoprene/fabric material is good for cold chips and oil/cooleant, but it melts with hot chips - So it is not very good for way covers on milling machines and lathes.
I replaced it with a Ikea Tertial desk lamp and a 21W Led bulb. The lamp holds it position very good and is easy to adjust and the Led bulb does not only consume less power than the halogen lamp I had before, it also puts out more light and does not get hot:
I have the same lamp on my lathe and on the workbench. They are cheap and very rugged.
I did not have a 33mm drill bit so I used the router, a 6mm single flute endmill, a 10mm bushing and a template to mill out all the holes. This also gives a much cleaner hole than using a forstner bit:
Heavy washers, screws and t-nuts to hold it in horizontal position:
Clamps, screws and t-nuts to hold it in vertical position:
The washers and the clamps are machined out of carbon steel and hardened to 40..45Hrc.
All the parts can stay together and there is no need to search for the right parts each time I have to setup the rotary table.
Machining them is straight forward, I starded out with a longer piece of round stock, clamped at an angle on the milling machine, then it got surfaced and the slot cut into it. Last step was to part it off on the lathe. Do that two times and you end up with a matching pair of wedges.
I you want to use them frequently, it is a good idea to hardem them.