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Shawn_Laughlin

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I’ve started building telescopic way covers for my machine and when I was doing all of my researching there was always one question that never answered completely.....

What to use for wipers? And the replies were suggestions of names of companies that will sell them to you but there are no prices on there web pages,only email for a quote. Well for a person like me doing this as a hobby and from experience, most items that you have to get a quote for, are usually way to expensive.


Well in that time Ive seen many great, EXPENSIVE solution but nothing with the hobbies in mind, until maybe today.
While digging on a shelf at work, in the tool room , I seen something that looked damn near identical to what was suggested except for half pennies on the dollar,but so much more convenient. They can be gotten at any hardware store, Lowe’s, home dept and so on.

I have been over thinking this part of the build
so much that when I seen them I started to kick myself in the a$$,bc it was so obvious.

Door weather strip for the bottom part of a regular door that you would use on your house. This was like 5 or 6 dollars. I think for 5 or 6 dollars all you could buy was a hello and maybe a laugh as the suggested places hung up on you. I’m just joking a bit but really I think someone looking for wipers could really utilize these in there design. At least I know I will.

If someone has already mentioned this or read this anywhere I would like to know? The only other suggestion was just a piece of rubber acres down with a metal strap. This is much better.
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Richard King 2

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GREAT IDEA!! You may want to open it up occasionally and check to make sure the crud isn't getting in. But that looks like a super Idea. Thanks for sharing.
 

Shawn_Laughlin

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Thank you Richard. When a master tool builder and instructor says great idea, that makes my day. When I get my covers built i am going to post them bc I would Like to get everyone’s opinion bc I’m going in a little different direction than others or at least from the designs I’ve seen. I’m using dovetail slides and no scissor bc the stacking of the flat bar when the scissor is closed takes up too much valuable travel towards the headstock and I see no way around it. But,I’m taking my time to try to get it right on the first try “rarely goes that way”, so if you know what I’m talking about and know a way around it I’m all ears or eyes in this case.
 
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