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G1K
01-12-2009, 07:47 PM
Looking for some inspiration. I have some maple and want to build a nick looking rack to compliment my newly restored 10EE. Let see some pics.

Ryan

rockrat
01-12-2009, 08:19 PM
Not realy homemade but more cheap a$$ for me. Now these are 215 collets and I bet your using a smaller collet for your lathe.

Click for larger photo.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/idea/th_colletsm.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/idea/colletsm.jpg)


rock~

BadDog
01-12-2009, 08:44 PM
Below is a very old "in process" pic of my rack for the Bridgy. It now holds a full set of R8s, several drill chucks, boring heads, slitting saw arbors, and has a tray for keeping the 3/4 box end and other handy bits. The first pic is before it was finished, the second is shortly after. Hey! It's one of the few things I've painted. I usually don't paint so that I can easily modify them later, I rarely leave things alone.

The second pair shows my recent rack for the lathe. It has ball thrust bearing hubs with UHMW radial bearings on which I can mount whatever I want. V1 has a "pizza pan" tray and a rack for holding QC tool blocks (and stuff). Even with (testing) heavy one sided loads, it turns smoothly and easily. Not sure if I will change the existing holders or not, but I plan to add a circular 5C rack once I get my collet closer finished.

Both have articulated arms with bronze bearings so that they can be "folded up" and out of the way, or extended out to position as needed. Very handy for working half way down my 60" c2c lathe bed, or working from the left side of the mill (I can even move the DRO to easy access/visibility!). There is a recent post with details about the lathe rack if you want to look for it...

All but the first can be clicked for full size.

http://www.members.cox.net/thebaddog/shop/millrack.jpg

http://img4.pictiger.com/a6f/14437272_th.jpg (http://baddog.pictiger.com/images/14437272/)

http://img4.pictiger.com/73b/17595274_th.jpg (http://baddog.pictiger.com/images/17595274/)

http://img4.pictiger.com/754/17595273_th.jpg (http://baddog.pictiger.com/images/17595273/)

nheng
01-12-2009, 10:54 PM
Just personal preference but they go in a drawer. Junk on the outside will affect seating while junk on the inside will introduce runout. If I were in a busy shop, I'd probably change my tune and get a rack :) Den

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v319/nheng/bridgeport/collet_drawer.jpg

macona
01-12-2009, 11:14 PM
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h228/macona/Monarch%2010EE/DSC03224.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h228/macona/DSC03247.jpg

BadDog
01-12-2009, 11:25 PM
macona's was, in part, the inspiration for mine. And my 5C rack, as planned anyway, will look about like that, but likely be made from aluminum...

Frank Ford
01-12-2009, 11:29 PM
Never 'nuff collets, never 'nuff drawers. No duplicates here:

http://www.frets.com/ForumPix/colletdrawers01.jpg

http://www.frets.com/ForumPix/colletdrawers02.jpg

lugnut
01-13-2009, 01:17 AM
Some where, I think here on this forum, was a collet storage made of pieces of PVC pipe cut to length just a little longer than the collets and a ID just under the OD of the collets. Could either be glued to each other in a bundle or packed into a box or drawer. I wish I had saved or marked it.
Mel

carlquib
01-13-2009, 01:35 AM
Just a question, but when wood is used for the rack, do you soak in oil or something to protect the collets from rust? I have had several items that when left in contact with raw wood had rust at the contact point.

-brian

Paul Alciatore
01-13-2009, 03:09 AM
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h228/macona/Monarch%2010EE/DSC03224.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h228/macona/DSC03247.jpg


Needs a couple of strings of lights and a star or angel on top.

Really, I love it.

Ken_Shea
01-13-2009, 03:16 AM
Never 'nuff collets, never 'nuff drawers. No duplicates here:



Wooeee Frank, I like that :)

Macona, that's is very cool too !

hornluv
01-13-2009, 11:01 AM
I made my original collet rack out of pine and when the wood started changing shape for the winter it grabbed tight to all of my collets. :eek: If you're going to use wood, make sure you drill out the holes for a very loose fit. Now I'm just using one of those commercially available 5C racks that are made of sheet metal.

Ken_Shea
01-13-2009, 12:22 PM
I made my original collet rack out of pine and when the wood started changing shape for the winter it grabbed tight to all of my collets. :eek: If you're going to use wood, make sure you drill out the holes for a very loose fit. Now I'm just using one of those commercially available 5C racks that are made of sheet metal.

Did the same thing with the same results, plus got some minor acidic corrosion as well, nothing serious but it would have been.

Fasttrack
01-13-2009, 02:18 PM
There are some nice looking collet collections here! I'm still working on my 5C and 2J collections...


Just a question, but when wood is used for the rack, do you soak in oil or something to protect the collets from rust? I have had several items that when left in contact with raw wood had rust at the contact point.

-brian

My father's big hobby is wood working. He seems to have a limitless supply of polyurethane and various other coatings. He gave me a quart container of polyurethane stain from the 1980's. It's a little on the thick, inconsistent side. No good for the type of work he does. BUT, it does wonders for sealing the wood and protecting your tools from rust. Here is a piece of pine that I coated with the stuff; its been two years now and I've yet to have a tap rust.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n22/fasttrack237/Tap%20storage/P1010950-1.jpg

Alistair Hosie
01-13-2009, 04:20 PM
Macona how did you drill the perspex that thick so neatly also frank your drawers are too tidy:D Alistair

Peter N
01-14-2009, 04:10 PM
This is my collet/tooling rack.

It was made from the plywood of an old machine packing case found at the back of a work storeroom.
It's fairly crudely made, but holds everything I ever need, and I just have to turn around from the mill and it's right there on the wall behind me.
The bottom shelf has a lip on it to stop the ER collet box from sliding off.

http://www.btinternet.com/~p.neill/PunchSet/Collet_Rack2.jpg


Peter