Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lathe: Chip Guard

I wanted a way to keep chips off the cross slide digital scale and the cross slide dovetails. Since I had several pieces of 2mm thick aluminum I cut two sections to fit and drilled 1.25mm holes which I epoxied neodymium magnets in. I now have two covers which stick to the top of the cross slide and do a pretty good job of keeping the chips away.

The two halves of the chip guard with the magnets epoxied in place.

The two halves of the chip guard in place on the cross slide.
The left side guard is longer to better protect the left dovetail.

UPDATE: I've since installed an extension on the back to better protect the cross slide dovetails and leadscrew.

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