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