Need material for way wipers

Hello, all,
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, about
1/4" 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.
Thanks,
Jon
Reply to
Jon Elson
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Go to a thrift store and look through the lady's hat section. You may find some made from thick heavy felt. Also a possibility is a discarded Texas Stetson (sp?)
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Terry Mayhugh
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Gunner, a Resistol man, t though does have a Stetson or two.
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Gunner
Mc master carr has a good selection of felt
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TLKALLAM8
Hi Jon Go get some felt insoles for boots . One pair should give you a lifetime supply . Works fine in my lathe . Ken Cutt
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Ken Cutt
You should be able to find rolls of felt available in different widths and thicknesses in hardware departments of stores that sell weatherstripping/winterizing products. Frost King is one brand, I think. The last roll I got was about 1-1/4" w x 3/16" thick.
WB .................
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Wild Bill
Sure. McMaster-Carr
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Gary
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Gary Coffman
You can fold the fabric store felt until it is the thickness you desire. Anybody know if fabric store felt will react/break down when it comes in contact with way oil?
Nice idea.
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John L. Weatherly
On Thu, 08 Jan 2004 08:38:31 -0500, "John L. Weatherly" I am thinking of making
My Elliott mill has just such an arrangement, AFAIK fitted from new
Cheers Tim
Tim Leech Dutton Dry-Dock
Traditional & Modern canal craft repairs
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timleech
I'm doing the exact same thing for a lathe I'm rebuilding. The old wipers are not felt but appear to be a polyurethane type of material. The replacements I am making are cut from a sheet of polyurethane from McMaster Carr.
The machine is a Clausing Colchester with an integral lubrication system for the saddle and cross slide. My guess is that the poly way wipers act as a squeege to keep way lube under the carraige and swarf out.
Without a way to internally lube the ways, poly doesn't seem like a good idea as it would squeege all the lube off the way before it got to where it needs to be. Felt will allow a certain amount of oil to pass trough while sweeping swarf away.
You can get medium to hard felt at home centers and hardware stores. Weather stripping is a common application as well as little squares or buttons used for bottom of chairs so they don't scratch hardwood floors. These can usually be found in sheets as well that are cut to size.
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gradstdnt
Brownells sells wool felt in 3 different densities: see
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Randy
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Randal O'Brian
That would be a terrible thing to do to a lathe! :-)
Harold
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Harold & Susan Vordos
A city wide blackout at Thu, 08 Jan 2004 07:32:03 GMT did not prevent Gunner from posting to rec.crafts.metalworking the following:
This assumes that there exists such an item as a "discarded Texas Stetson"
Like a lost & found in a border town, asking about a diamond ring ...
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pyotr filipivich
Thanks, everyone, for all the suggestions. It took a while to scour all of McMaster-Carr's choices in this. It turns out I needed it 3/8" thick, which narrowed the choices a bit. This stuff is EXPENSIVE, too! It was $3x.xx for a 10' roll 1.5" wide! The sheets were $56.xx, so I'm glad they had the rolls, too.
Jon
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Jon Elson

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