As we clean up wood stain from brushes and equipment it contaminates the paint thinner used in the parts washer. The good news is that most of the stain settles to the bottom.
Here is a “funnel” that we designed and had fabricated by Anything Metal in Altoona. It will allow the solids to flow to the bottom overnight, and then we can draw them off and properly dispose of, while dramatically reducing the amount of paint thinner we need to dispose of.
One evening of CAD. One evening of CAM. One evening of CNC. And it fit together (quite well). This is just held together with precisely located wooden dowel pins. We will add screws tomorrow.
The only missing piece is the actual guide for running the blocks through. That is separate so that it can be “dialed in” to the perfect cutting depth.
Working on another machine to speed up yet another tedious workshop process. Think of it as a special router table that takes 2 routers set to 45 degree angles. The guide (not shown) will allow precise alignment of the work piece AND cover the cutters to prevent injury.
Here is an action video of the [M003] Auto Loading Jig in action on our CNC router. Strong spring pressure is exerted on each wooden block up so the top of the block is always flat against the bottom of the Lexan panel on top. This results in consistent routing depth.
Zech and Ezra made hard candy from scratch. I thought it was great. Next time they will try different flavors.
The Barrel Sander is coming along again, after a small detour to build the (M003) Auto Loading jig. Here is the nine sides bolted inside the barrel. They do three things:
- Make the barrel stronger so the wheels that it turns on have more support than just thin metal.
- Provide a disrupted circle which will cause the materials to actually turn instead of sliding.
- Protect the inside of the barrel from the sanding action.