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    I really like the NOGA magnetic mount cooling system (~$60.00). Just hook it to your air source and drop the suction hose into a jug of coolant. Nothing fancy...it just works! I beleive that MSC sells them and they frequently go on sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnysmith
    Mine is a bench knee mill, but the same cooling system I have should work.
    I'm in the middle of several other things right now so no pictures any time soon.

    Plastic coke bottle with flap cut in the side to lay flat.
    place over the end of the table.
    I bought the cheapy magnets and through one in the bottle.
    the mill sets 1/4 bubble to the left for drainage.
    plastic barb fitting pushed through the bottles cap. The bottle is now the trap
    tigon tubing 3/8 " down to a small tub, which is now the sump, big enough to set an evaporative cooler pump, about $15.00, in the tub.
    1/4" tube from pump to the tool.
    a small plastic valve to control flow

    the magnet catches all the fines
    the bottle can be replaced
    the magnets wipes off
    I also ran a small bead of silicone under the left table end as a drip lip so all the coolant goes into the bottle and does't run to the under side of teh table

    I pull the pump move the tube to the end of the table and sweep all the metal into the tub if you're reusing the coolant, strain it through a rag
    Gunny,

    That sounds about what I was looking to do, with the exception that I was planning to use a rubbermaid tub instead of a coke bottle. Hrm.

    Where does the tub "connect" to the milling platform? Now if I'm understanding correctly, this connection is a bead of caulk between the side of the milling platform and the collection tub, correct? How much spills over the side of the cutting area with this setup?

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    The bench knee miil is for small projects only.
    The Coke bottle fits over the left end of the mill table and becomes the trap.
    The magnets keep the fines from returning to the sump.
    The bead of silicone does not attach anything, it merely prevents
    coolant from running up the under side of the table.
    The flow control valve limits the amount of coolant and prevents overflow of the table.
    Childs modeling clay "dams" any setup from running over the rear or front edge of the table and directs fluids to the "T" slots.
    Several paper towels placed on the axis soak up splatter and prevent chips from collecting on the top of the axis.
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    Very cool! (no pun intended)

    I would like to see a pic, when you get a chance to take one.

    Thanks!
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