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  1. #16
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    I found some 2mm aluminiun angle that should work and some m3 countersunk torx headed screws. I was planning on using 2 screws maybe 10mm in from the ends, could possibly add a third in the middle if required.

    Will probably use 5mm aluminium to mount the reader to.

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    Hi Dave,

    This is what I ended up with. I still need to make up a stop in the carriage to protect it from the tail stock, will probably use an m5 or m6 cap screw.

    Drill out 4 x 4mm holes to access the gib screws

    Also a cover to protect it a bit better.

    It's working without any adjustment to the sensor so that is good news.

    I had to make a converter plug for the wiring as that was all wrong.

    Next will be to install a glass scale in the Z axis

    Here are a few photos of progress so far



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    Nice, what I did for the tailstock stop was to add a way wipers to the tailstock, then I used one extended way wiper bolt as the stop, 2 birds with one stone, so to speak.
    I used a socket head bolt, then a nut.to fastern the way wiper back on that side.
    A simple plastic cap I had laying around finished it off.

    It has been working fine for 15+ years and saving any crap under the tailstock.

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    The way wipers were simple made out of standard thin sheet metal bent in the vice with a hammer,.and a.bit of felt

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    Where did you source the felt from, I'll add wipers down the track to the tail stock but for now I just added a stop to the crossslide using a m4 bolt, I probably should add wipers to the cross slide as well.

    I made up the cover over the weekend, it just clips into place as it is a tight fit, I don't think I will screw it in at this stage. That's the x axis done, now need to work on the z axis.



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    Try Spotlight for the felt, that's where I got mine from.

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    I got some from a friend, but I have been looking to buy more from these guys.
    There are plenty of thicknesses available.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/30372304...mis&media=COPY



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    Nice install, I'm not sure I'd worry about a cover, but it would help to keep the tiny swarf of the tape.

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    I figure extra protection shouldn't hurt. It only takes up about 1mm of usable travel space.

    I'll grab some of that felt too, I should start looking into lead screw covers as well and possibly something for the ways to try and keep it a bit cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Com_VC View Post
    Where did you source the felt from, I'll add wipers down the track to the tail stock
    You really want good quality wool felt that is reasonably thick. Try places that repair pianos.

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael G View Post
    You really want good quality wool felt that is reasonably thick. Try places that repair pianos.

    Michael
    That stuff is advertised as A grade, they also have B grade and thicknesses up to 6.4mm from memory.

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    Im not sure what lathe you have, but his is my way, gap and leadscrew covers that have been on for around 18 plus years now.

    The only time they ever get in the way is when using the faceplate, then the carriage one is easily removed as it's only attached with the 2x was wiper screws, the leadscrew one has 2x screws also into 2x factory holes where the rack would have gone for a left hand carriage handwheel.
    The gap one just sits in there, and because of the way the ways are machined, there is a recess, so it's lower than the ways allowing the carriage to pass over.
    They do not interfere with maximum diameter turning either.

    They keep 100% off the ways for general jobs unless working between centres, and the leadscrew one 98%

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