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T.Hoffman
02-09-2012, 04:15 PM
With our newly acquired Leblond Regal, it also included a barely used Hardinge-Sjogren 5C collet chuck. :)

There was a cheaper sheet-metal collet rack for standing on a bench.
Of course bench space is a premium, so that means a new project was called for to make a wall mount collet rack.
And to make it with little more style than the sheet-metal variety.

I had some clear acrylic scrap here, and thought that would make an interesting rack.

http://www.blackfrogmusic.com/pics/temp/colletrack1.jpg

http://www.blackfrogmusic.com/pics/temp/colletrack2.jpg

I like the wall mount!

herbet999
02-09-2012, 05:48 PM
cool.. My OCD makes me ask.. why is there an empty spot in the top right corner?

MichaelP
02-09-2012, 05:51 PM
You don't want to tell us you have some wall space left for things like this, do you?;)

Very nice looking rack!

Rex
02-09-2012, 05:51 PM
You craftsmen make life very difficult for those of us who are just average.
Nice work!

sasquatch
02-09-2012, 06:16 PM
Real nice, impressive project!! Thanks for posting that!!

Mcgyver
02-09-2012, 06:52 PM
nice job, seems like a good choice of material - no rust, won't scratch the collets etc. I can believe all the empty wall space though :eek:

flylo
02-09-2012, 08:15 PM
The missing one is in the machine!

lynnl
02-09-2012, 08:18 PM
Not only is there an over abundance of wall space, lookee how clean it is! Disgusting!

Jim Shaper
02-09-2012, 09:33 PM
OCD much? Sheesh, they're even indexed for orientation in the rack.

80% of my collets might be standing upright in the drawer at any given time. :p

T.Hoffman
02-09-2012, 09:41 PM
cool.. My OCD makes me ask.. why is there an empty spot in the top right corner?

General set of 5C collets in 32nd increments starting at 1/8" is 29 total.

= one missing man formation. :)

Thanks for the comments.
Wall space is slowly filling up...
But this isn't MY shop, it is my shop at work that I take care of.
Different "space usage" rules at work vs a cramped home shop.

This is an older pic without all the new equipment we recently acquired, but I try to still keep it this clean.
I'm the one that uses this shop the vast majority of the time, but others use the shop occasionally and my rules are that everything gets cleaned up at the end of the day.

Chips cleaned away, floor swept, and machines get wiped down. Several years later, the machines still look new this way.
Because I KNOW that if people aren't responsible for their "one-off" jobs and don't clean up, I'll be the one that gets stuck doing all the cleaning from then on...

But it sure is nice to walk into a nice, clean shop in the morning to start your day!

http://www.blackfrogmusic.com/pics/temp/shop7.jpg

noah katz
02-10-2012, 12:18 AM
Yes, very nice rack.


General set of 5C collets in 32nd increments starting at 1/8" is 29 total.

= one missing man formation.

What about all of those handy other kinds - machinable, hex, etc?

Deus Machina
02-10-2012, 12:44 AM
Or a hole or slot for the drawbar wrench, hammer, or spanner.

I don't get it. Why would anyone make white machines, and why the heck can we tell?

T.Hoffman
02-10-2012, 12:52 AM
What about all of those handy other kinds - machinable, hex, etc?

Ahhh! There's the excuse for more projects down the line!
For now I'm just happy to have a collect chuck and a full set of collects.

Other toys will come in time. :)

Black Forest
02-10-2012, 01:26 AM
I think you just gave Sir John a bad day with the picture of the clean floor! That looks more like a hospital operating room than a shop.

lakeside53
02-10-2012, 01:35 AM
But it sure is nice to walk into a nice, clean shop in the morning to start your day!

http://www.blackfrogmusic.com/pics/temp/shop7.jpg

No, never... that would suck. I could never find anything if it wasn't where I last left it!:D

JoeLee
02-10-2012, 09:04 AM
Very nice job....... now you need to make another one for all the fractionals.

JL................

Mcgyver
02-10-2012, 09:49 AM
Very nice job....... now you need to make another one for all the fractionals.

JL................

........and the squares


.........and the hexes


.........and the emergency ones


....... and the internal mandrels


.........and the pot ones



.............

Nightshift
03-29-2012, 12:17 AM
I had some clear acrylic scrap here, and thought that would make an interesting rack.

http://www.blackfrogmusic.com/pics/temp/colletrack1.jpg
Awesome wall mounted rack! I need to make a couple of these for the tooling that came with my Monarch 10EE ... a 2J set (42 collets from 1/16" thru 1.375") for a Hardinge Sjogren speed chuck and a RubberFlex set (14 collets 1/16" thru 1.375") for a Jacobs spindle nose speed chuck. I was thinking of wood with metal supports, but I really like your idea to use plexiglas and aluminum. Bill