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I don’t quite know why, but viewing detailed production process vids like this one, can induce a decidedly blissful, even zen-like state in my brain – and I’ve heard others report similar effects. Gfixler’s above video, documents some quality time he spent with a Sherline 4400 CNC mini lathe – mistakes, mishaps, and all -

I needed a way to hook my shop vac hose to the square tube aluminum extrusion I recently made into a manifold for the Loc-Line tubing I’m using as a vacuum system for my mini mill. Here’s how I did it.

Some might say it’s a lot time to spend producing something as mundane as a hose adapter – but the satisfaction of using your own brand of hardware makes it very much worthwhile.

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


  • Rick

    Never Never NEVER touch swarf with your fingers.

    Taking it off a moving lathe is an even bigger NO NO – I know the warning is on the screen but it showed it being done and that’s bad.

    Many Many people get deep cuts from swarf every year and many looses fingers by thoughtlessly pulling it out of the way with their fingers or even tools if the machine is working.

    You only get 1 set don’t risk them!

    Learn good habits not bad habits.

    • Collin Cunningham

      You are very very right.

    • mightyohm

      What is the correct way to remove swarf?

      Stop the machine, remove it, and restart? Sounds like a pain.

      Is there a way to keep it from collecting in the first place?

      • jammit

        Where I work at, we use our best judgment. Our options is to use an air gun to blow the swarf away, or we can stop the machine and pull it out with pliers and gloved hands, or we leave the machine running and use a stick to poke it out, or we leave the machine running and adjust the flood coolant jets to better blow it out. We almost never remove swarf with bare fingers. If we grab a nice handful and it gets caught when we pull the swarf out, it’ll cut your fingers. We mostly do steel milling, but even plastic can get a sharp edge to it.

  • Anonymous

    well for starters he should at least be using gloves. this would be a lot more dangerous if he were lathing metals.

    • japroach

      No, don’t use gloves when working on a lathe.

      This is plastic so the swarf will not cut him, and his hand isn’t that close to the workpiece. But still not a great idea.

      Just use a chip brush (paint brush) next time.

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