Man Glitter

I has some.

While I am tickled to death to finally be making chips, this is going to be a problem I see.

I came out of the garage into the laundry room last night and wiped my feet on the ratty little rug the Wifely Unit keeps there for such a purpose.

It went from deep brown to shiny silver in the middle instantly.

So I turned around, took it back in the garage and shook it out over the garbage can.

Then I threw it back down and wiped my feet again.

Dragging metal chips into the house ain’t gonna fly.

I told her to get a new rug because I was going to take that old one and throw it down just inside the door at the bottom of the step so that I have a two step chip removal process.

When I told her why, she said ” You keep your damn Man Glitter off my floors”.

Yes Ma’am.

I’m thinking a hunk of grate to set down in front of the Smithy that I can stand on when I am using it.

The chips can fall down through the grate and I can step back off of it.

There is also the matter of putting some kind of shrouding around as much of it as possible to catch as much of the stuff as I can.

A decent leather apron is going to be ordered also.

The chips fly everywhere, stick to and fall inside of my flannel shirts too.

Irish sent me a link on how to make a little portable see through chip screen out of a hunk of aluminum bar, some magnets and a hunk of Plexiglass.

I believe that is a splendid idea for the front of the machine.

I was using one of those cheap plastic see through parts containers for that just a bit ago and it seemed to work fairly well.

It at least gave a bunch of the chips something to bounce back off of so they weren’t getting flung all over me.

It’s all part of the learning curve.

My shop vac is going to get a serious work out here shortly.

22 thoughts on “Man Glitter

  1. I have an old pair of boots that are only for the garage workings, that way I don’t track any dirt or whatever inside. A shower curtain would also work for containment, but you would need to build the pipe rack to hang it.

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  2. Keep a shop vac handy.!
    BTW-You will get much better cuts with the end mill as far in the holder or collet as it will go-
    the flex to length (extension out of the holder) is not a linear relationship.

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    • I was smoothing up the ends of the block there and the mill head was as far down as it would go. You can see the quill is all the way down as far as it would go too. I didn’t want to spend and hour trying to block everything up so I dropped the bit down and took really, really light cuts.
      It worked but yeah, normally I would have the cutter as far up in the collet as I could get it.


  3. That Smithy is looking a heck of a lot shinier than when you brought it home.

    Yes, chips in the house would be a major problem. Wait until you get one stuck in a bare foot, the cussing will be spectacular. I’d suggest keeping one pair of boots in the garage for working, change into them when you go out and put the house shoes back on when you come in. Sounds like a hassle, and maybe it is, but it will help a lot in keeping the chips out.


  4. Get one of those perforated rubber matts and put on the ground or above the grate. I use one to reduce the effects of standing on the hard concrete for long periods of time it really helps on the lower joints.


  5. With your new leather apron…NO POCKETS unless they have flaps. Unless you like filling them with shavings. With enough shielding, you won’t need one. A nice organizer near the front of the mill to hold the rulers and constant use items will suffice your pocket requirement.
    And a resounding yes to breakaway for the apron ties. Of course, the apron does make a great chip clearing device when it gets caught.
    Duluth Trading used to make a heavy shop coat. Flaps over pockets, lots of pockets, heavy canvas that was near impervious to chips. It worked perfectly, and of course they don’t sell them any more. Even used they’re stupid expensive.


    • Yep, buy a cheap (but high power) shop vac.
      Best to have a separate pair of shoes for the shop. I have a set of low quarter boots that I use to wear in the shop. I have them tied loosly so they are essentially slip-on and off.

      Also, if you have a spare air line, use it to blow off your clothing before leaving the shop.



  6. I prefer a denim apron. It gets pretty dirty and can be readily washed.
    Agree with a change of shoes before you come into the house.
    When I bought my Smithy years ago I lived in an apartment and had it set up in my kitchen. A shop vac was indespensible. Of course I was single back then.


  7. Shop vac, shop coat and shop boots that all stay in or just outside of metal cutting area. Happy wife happy wife and 1 metal cip stuck in wiffys foot does not make for happy.

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  8. This is why my husband told me yesterday he didn’t want to set up his lathe in the garage. So we didn’t have sawdust all over the house. I don’t mind the wood – this is why we have hard floors and a robot vacuum (well, that and pets) – but metal shavings will do a heckuva job on the surfaces.


  9. A small recirculating coolant system with the appropriate screens and bucket will go a long ways towards keeping the chips at bay. It introduces a different clean up regimen but at least they are all in the same place.


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