I am doing the last little touches of rebuilding my Sheldon 15" lathe, and need the material for the way wipers. I have the original, it is a very dense and firm felt, about1/4" thick. The felt I can get in the local fabric store seems way too flimsy for this use. I looked in J&L, MSC etc. and didn't find any bulk material like this (to my surprise). Does anyone know where to get such material?
Any other suggestions for the best and most effective way wiper system would be appreciated. I am thinking of making some scrapers out of brass shim stock to almost scrape the ways clean, keeping most of the chips out of the felt. I thought that bending the shim stock outward a little would scoop the big chips away while not trapping small chips between the scraper and the felt.