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    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

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    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.




    rock~
    Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

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    • #3
      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.







      Russ
      Master Floor Sweeper

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      • #4
        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

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          • #6
            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...
            Russ
            Master Floor Sweeper

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            • #7
              Never 'nuff collets, never 'nuff drawers. No duplicates here:



              Cheers,

              Frank Ford
              HomeShopTech

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              • #8
                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
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                • #9
                  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
                  -brian

                  Hello, my name is brian and I'm a toolaholic.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by macona



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

                    Really, I love it.
                    Paul A.
                    SE Texas

                    Make it fit.
                    You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Frank Ford
                      Never 'nuff collets, never 'nuff drawers. No duplicates here:
                      Wooeee Frank, I like that

                      Macona, that's is very cool too !

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                      • #12
                        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. 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.
                        Stuart de Haro

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by hornluv
                          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. 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.

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                          • #14
                            There are some nice looking collet collections here! I'm still working on my 5C and 2J collections...

                            Originally posted by carlquib
                            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.

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                            • #15
                              Macona how did you drill the perspex that thick so neatly also frank your drawers are too tidy Alistair
                              Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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