Swarf Pan

I have been collecting waste chips from the lathe in shallow pans made of folded poster board, placed in front and back of the lathe base.  To make a more effective collection, I recently bought an aluminum “full sheet” baking pan.  It measures 25.75 x 18, just big enough for a Sherline 4400 lathe.

Under the pan is a 24 x 12 piece of MDF, into which the four mounting screws anchor.

The Z axis wheel just clears the pan rim.  At the other end, the threading attachment clears the opposite rim.

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2 Responses to Swarf Pan

  1. richard westerfield says:

    they tell me cat litter on the bottom off the try would make it easer to clean up use the unscented cat litter

  2. dave49 says:

    Hi Richard,
    Yes, if I were using a lot of cutting fluids then the kitty litter would be a help. But I steer towards free cutting materials and very little fluid. So the dry swarf is easy to push around with a small brush. If my pan ever filled with oil, it would leak out because I made holes for four mounting screws.

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