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  • Chip pan - Stainless or Aluminum

    Getting ready to make a chip pan for under my lathe.

    What materials are recommended/used

    Aluminum (Aluminium across the pond)- Cheaper, easier to bend, but wears more easily. 16 gauge.

    Stainless - more expensive, harder to form, much more durable. 20 gauge.

    Thanks
    Karl

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    At a certain point in the course of any project, it comes time to shoot the engineers and build the damn thing.
    At a certain point in the course of any project, it comes time to shoot the engineers and build the damn thing.

  • #2
    What's wrong with 16ga carbon steel?

    I would go with the aluminum if your stuck with an either or situation.The thicker ga. should make it stiffer.
    I just need one more tool,just one!

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    • #3
      Stainless if you have to carbon steel works great.

      You do not want aluminum. It's soft and the chips are hard to move and sweep from it.

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      • #4
        I agree with Forrest, spend the money and get the stainless. The clean up is a lot easier as the chips will not mar the surface like they would with Aluminum.

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        • #5
          how about an old shallow baking pan? allready made & works great!
          geno

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          • #6
            Baking Pan is what I use. Cheap and ready made. Beware of SWMBO.

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            • #7
              Can you get 14 foot baking pans ?
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              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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              • #8
                No, but you can get a 5 pack of disposable aluminum 20" roaster pans for a few dollars.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the replies so far.

                  The pan I need will be 24"x60". I already have a carbon steel pan, but didn't want to use it. I'd have to paint it (more scratches, appearance), clean and oil it (dust collector), or galvanize it (why bother).

                  I was going to use stainless for appearance, but someone this weekend suggested aluminum and I wanted to double check here.

                  Karl

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                  At a certain point in the course of any project, it comes time to shoot the engineers and build the damn thing.
                  At a certain point in the course of any project, it comes time to shoot the engineers and build the damn thing.

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                  • #10
                    Rust? your lathe don't leak oil like mine does?

                    Gee, everything around my lathe is oiled well. The mill setup front to front with the lathe even gets oiled. But, I can run both at once.

                    I'd stay with something that works.. heavy enough to load up with at least 5gallons of chips. I got two 5 gallon buckets under mine right now that need to go somewhere.. I been putting them in a hole next to the privacy fence.

                    David

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                    • #11
                      <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Kdahm:
                      I'd have to paint it (more scratches, appearance), clean and oil it (dust collector), or galvanize it (why bother).
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                      Hmmmm.... Mine oils itself..... no problem. And as for dust, its full of chips anyhow, so...........?

                      Don't let the "really clean shop trap" get you... it's a lot of work, and you'll make the rest of us look bad

                      [This message has been edited by J Tiers (edited 08-16-2005).]
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                      • #12
                        Greetings from Toano, Va
                        I use an 18x30 flat oil drip pan from NAPA under my Taig hybred lathe. It works well and was about 5 bucks. Made a plexiglas back shield with a magnetic base to keep swarf off the wall. Note: The hybred lathe is a regular Taig mounted on 50mmx100mm 80/20 extruded aluminum.

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                        Russ Hobgood

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                        • #13
                          My 12 x 5 Hendey has an impressive cast iron chip tray (oil tray on a cone head) but is awkward to clean out.

                          I use a baking pan stradling the chip tray that is super easy to remove and dump.

                          Pete

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                          • #14
                            <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by John Stevenson:
                            Can you get 14 foot baking pans ?</font>
                            Sure.........just take 7 or 8 two footers, snip off the ends and weld them together.

                            You "can" weld........right John???

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                            • #15
                              Karl, the Carbon Steel chip pan under my 1943 Logan lathe is still holding up well---no rust spots, maybe a few dis-colored sports, but, heck, I don't worry about its cosmetic appearance, just does it catch chips and cutting oil, which it does very well.

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