Drip Tray in the Shower

You know you have an understanding wife when you’re allowed to hang a lathe drip tray in the shower to let the undercoat dry…

Recent TradeMe purchased arrived the other day in the form of an original Myford drip tray. This was something that I was looking out for for a while, the total loss oil system of the ML7 was gradually turning my wood bench into a wood and oil bench. I was considering getting some sheet metal laser cut and then welding it up but when this came up on TradeMe for the sweet sweet price of $50 I knew that it was by far going to be the most ideal solution.

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It arrive in reasonable condition for its age, about 50% of the orange on that picture is rust with the rest just being grime and dirt. Nonetheless I decided to strip it and repaint.

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A quick attack with the disc sander brought it to bare metal in reasonable time, then it was a battle with not only the sun but with hoards of mosquitoes to get an undercoat on it before the sun set. Note airbrush is perfect for smaller items or when not time constrained but in this instance a little slow.

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End result one nicely undercoated drip tray. Weather permitting this will get a couple of top coats this week before install next weekend.

Started working on the walls of the Teardrop in the weekend. Marked out the basic outline of the teardrop using the measurements provided in the instructions. There are still a few of the finer details that need to be marked out before this can be cut out.

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After that it will be a case of routing out the recesses for the roof and for the floor to slot into and then also a number of pockets to reduce the weight of the panel. These pockets will then be filled with polystyrene before the outer face is glued on.

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