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  • Originally posted by reggie_obe View Post
    What type of coating will you use in the chip pan that will resist oil and scrapes?
    I am either going to leave it bare metal or prime and paint the same color as the rest of the machine. The large 18x24 aluminum cookie sheet pans fit perfectly in the bottom of the existing ship pan. I have also used them on my old South Bend lathe and they work well. They are easy to pull out, clean and dump.


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    • Do you think the chip pan is stainless steel? I’ve worked on/repainted enough lathes that things run together, but I kinda recall a Hendey where I wondered if pan was something special.

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      • Originally posted by SVS View Post
        Do you think the chip pan is stainless steel? I’ve worked on/repainted enough lathes that things run together, but I kinda recall a Hendey where I wondered if pan was something special.
        I don't really know for sure, but I don't think its stainless as there was some corrosion under the many coats of paint. But given the amount of oil residue on this machine it didn't have much. The pan is pretty heavy gauge material so I may try to sand it a little more and see if I can get it to clean up more.

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        • I think if it were me I would probably just leave the pan bare. That sheet pan may save it some though if you do paint it.

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          • Final coats of paint are finished. I am pleased with the finish and it should stand up to use pretty well. I did shoot the front of the headstock with spray for a better finish. All the rest was applied with a roller and brush. I used a bit of Flood Penetrol for flow control and it really helped.

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            Next is to finish cleaning up and sanding the chip pan, as I plan to leave it without any finish and try to give it as nice a finish as I can. I am going to try the paint stripper discs for angle grinders and see if they are aggressive enough.

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            • Oh wow! Looking super! I may have to try some of that flood stuff, looks like you got a really smooth finish.

              The paint stripper disks for a great job. Highly recommended! Rubbing it down with some boiled linseed oil might give a good, clear, rust-free coating.
              21" Royersford Excelsior CamelBack Drillpress Restoration
              1943 Sidney 16x54 Lathe Restoration

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              • Thanks that's a good idea

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                • I think I would be tempted to have some old school pinstriping done on that lathe. Nothing crazy but I think it would fit it good.

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                  • Sure would look great but then it would be museum grade and not want to use it for being afraid to get it nicked or scratched it sure is a great looking machine nice job

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                    • Originally posted by The Metal Butcher View Post
                      Oh wow! Looking super! I may have to try some of that flood stuff, looks like you got a really smooth finish.

                      The paint stripper disks for a great job. Highly recommended! Rubbing it down with some boiled linseed oil might give a good, clear, rust-free coating.
                      Am I the only one who thinks FLOOD is just linseed oil (flax seed oil)
                      thinned with mineral spirits and sold at a premium price ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

                      -Doozer
                      DZER

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                      • Damn Skip that is really looking good. Maybe after you get yours done you might be willing to come up to Alaska and help me stay focused on my Saimp lathe rebuild. Well done and I like the color. and yes, I also use Penetrol to help blend brush strokes.

                        I'm going to have to check Doozer out on the linseed oil and mineral spirits claim.

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                        • Originally posted by nc5a View Post
                          Damn Skip that is really looking good. Maybe after you get yours done you might be willing to come up to Alaska and help me stay focused on my Saimp lathe rebuild. Well done and I like the color. and yes, I also use Penetrol to help blend brush strokes.

                          I'm going to have to check Doozer out on the linseed oil and mineral spirits claim.
                          Could be, it looks like it but it still really helps the thicker oil base paints to flow out!

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                          • I'm catching up on this machine porn thread. And DANG! but the Hendy is looking might fine!

                            A lot of the better oil paints are surprisingly tough once they fully dry. But with the sort of layering we put on a machine like this the optimum hardness of the paint film can take a good month or even two months to occur. "Baking" it with some low set heat source below the lathe and some insulative old blankets or sleeping bags tented over top can speed this up. Especially if the shop is cool what with the season being what it is.
                            Chilliwack BC, Canada

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                            • I agree.
                              I plan not to do too much with it for at least 2 weeks. I plan to move it into my home shop from the garage. Then I will mount both the gear cases, gear train, covers and motor. While I wait, I am going to finish the parts for the taper attachment and make sure I have the proper clearance for a rear splash guard fabrication. I am trying to keep the weight down as much as I can for the move into the shop.
                              I've also got to work out the VFD power and wiring to the old original switch box.

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                              • I finally got the Hendey into my shop!
                                Thank goodness for the machine skates I made as they made the move extremely easy. I put down a sheet of 3/4" plywood to protect the ceramic tile in the entryway and the skates rolled on it just fine. It certainly helped to leave the motor, carriage & apron and tail stock off. as well as the QCGB.

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                                Now I can start to assemble all the gearcases and shift rods. I am starting with the drive clutch/brake and the gear train first.

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                                Everything on this machine is Heavy.

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