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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 11-18-2010 06:08 AM 848 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newbiewoodworker

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11-18-2010 06:08 AM

Well, in sheer bordom, of waiting to get an electrician in, I have decided to do a little Woodworking.

Now the issue is: how do I get all of these metal grindings up..

Last time I literally removed everything, and power washed the place. But with an 8×4 electrically connected table, that is no longer an option. Not to mention my back is still recovering.

So my question to you, fellow metal working LJs: How do you get the gritty grindings up. I want to make it so that I can lay my wood on the ground, without destroying my planer knives later on.

Thanks. Tommorrow, I guess I will start w. a broom.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."


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lilredweldingrod

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#1 posted 11-18-2010 07:12 AM

I use magnets on a piece if pipe. Wear gloves so you don’t get a wicker when you clean the stuff off the magnets. This only works on ferrous metals. Other wise use a shop vac.

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A10GAC

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 06:45 PM

Wrap a magnet with a piece of cloth, that way you can just unwrap the cloth and shake it out over the trash when it gets loaded up.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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crank49

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 07:57 PM

Good point A10GAC. Or, I usually wrap a paper towel around my magnet and just discard the paper along with the swarf and grit.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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newbiewoodworker

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#4 posted 11-19-2010 01:58 AM

I didnt think of that… maybe this weekend I will get one of those 100lb magnets from harbor freight, to clean my bench with…

Well, I swept it, then we took the leaf blower, and completely blew it clean… Definately not OSHA approved… but hey, it worked…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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ksSlim

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#5 posted 11-19-2010 12:01 PM

put the magnet inside a plastic baggie. Drag over area, when bag is covered with metal shavings, remove/ invert bag with shavings inside.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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newbiewoodworker

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#6 posted 11-19-2010 10:52 PM

Yea, I will probably do something like that…

Any ideas as to the strength I should get? 100? 150? 200? Its the HF retrieval mags Im refering to…

And this will pickup the powder too, right? Thats mainly the bugger…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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crank49

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#7 posted 11-19-2010 11:44 PM

I don’t know what pound rating they are, but I like to use those round magnets; about a 1/2” thick and 3” diameter. The magnet itself is kinda shaped like a flat donut. the metal housing has a hole in the center so you can put a bolt through it to mount the magnet on a handle or bracket, or whatever. On a flat machined cast iron surface I expect it would take at least 50# of direct force to pull it off; maybe more.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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fredf

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#8 posted 11-20-2010 12:56 AM

of course magnets will only pick up ferrous material . . . what do you have for chips??

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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newbiewoodworker

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#9 posted 11-20-2010 03:26 AM

The metal chips, I already picked up with a dust pan and brush(grandfather insisted on using the house one…...) Woodchips I ususally do the same..they are easier to clean out of the brisles…

I just dont like all that grit… its nasty…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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