Chip Deflector

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-07-2017 07:10 PM 1747 views 4 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw one of these in one of the wood tool magazines and thought “aw, that’s for wienies” ! But last winter while turning a lot of rough mesquite and pecan wood with the bark on, I got blasted pretty good while roughing the blanks out so I took a piece of corrugated cardboard and punched the tool through it and it kept most of the chips off me. So I changed my attitude toward that tool attachment . I made this one as soon at I got back on my lathe at home.
I made it from a piece of oak and screwed a piece of smoked Lexan to it and curved the top in a bit with a propane torch. I put 2 rare earth magnets on the bottom to hold it to the tool. For some tools I might need to make one with a little wider base and maybe have another 10 mm. magnet added.
There is no finish on the wood. The hole is just a handle for me.

I made a little video to show you how it works. A still pictures does not show it well enough.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-07-2017 08:07 PM

Very clever!
Does it interfere with your view at all?

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#2 posted 04-07-2017 08:11 PM

Neat Idea!
I saw ones from Easy Wood Tools. Theirs clamped on. I guess that’s because their tool shafts are aluminum.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 04-07-2017 08:15 PM

Looks like an accessory that I’ll be making for the lathe that I’m reconditioning. Thanks for the idea Jim.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 04-07-2017 08:19 PM

Nice video Jim. Looks like that curved edge really helps.

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#5 posted 04-07-2017 08:27 PM

Cool Tool Jim! Very clever!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 04-07-2017 08:33 PM

Good work Jim.
That will come in handy when turning rough pieces with bark.

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#7 posted 04-07-2017 08:46 PM

nice idea,Jim

-- bambi

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#8 posted 04-07-2017 09:06 PM

Dont be concerned with the “wienies” Jim its the same reason there is a guard on a samurai sword.

Neat work!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 04-07-2017 09:54 PM

COOL gizmo!

The video says it well… Before & After… :)

By the looks of it, you could place a Vac. inlet easier to collect more chips & keep them off the floor, etc. (??)

NICE going… I guess you’re back to your main Home in time for Spring and Summer… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 04-07-2017 10:19 PM

I like the magnet deal Jim. I know on certain turnings, those chips start to burn the fingers a bit and wish I had something like this. The video not only showed it works but seems to keep a lot of the shavings forward instead of all over. Time to look into this.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 04-07-2017 10:26 PM

Super simple idea, Wow that is really a great idea. I have been using a rubber faced glove because the chips are so brutal, will try this for sure but won’t give up my gloves. May cloud your vision at the tool tip but great for roughing.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 04-07-2017 10:46 PM

Never seem this one before Jim, real cool mate bet a few copy this one :-)
cheers mate

You home again ?

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 04-07-2017 10:59 PM

Very smartly engineered Jim. Gr8 little shield.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 04-07-2017 11:07 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. it might get someone else interested.

Hi Joe, I have found that the chips do build up real fast on the lathe. I keep a dust pan handy and scoop them right into the chip barrel now and don’t have to bend over so much when sweeping the floor. If I vacuumed them, It would be full on each piece!!

Hi Dave. I never thought about those hot chips. that should help a lot there.

Hi Brian. I found in Arizona that that bark really hurts. I bought a new face shield down there just before I mocked up the deflector with some cardboard! I back up the deflector so I can see the tip real well and it still keeps the chip off me. I hate eating them!!

Hi Pete. Yup. I’m home and back on the Nova!! Came home with lots of ideas and now I’m looking for wood for all of them!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 04-08-2017 12:23 AM

Good one Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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