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    Default Re: New 2x4' router build

    Very helpful, thank you. What coolant do you use or recommend?






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    Default Re: New 2x4' router build

    Quote Originally Posted by koenbro View Post
    Very helpful, thank you. What coolant do you use or recommend?





    I use KoolRite 2290, which I bought on Amazon. It's a water soluble oil. The mix ratio is printed on the 1 gallon jug I purchased. It goes far. If you can capture the used liquid, you can strain and reuse it. Makes it even more economical. I have a small mill and mainly cut aluminum, although I also do some steel. It has worked fine for me. I especially like that it doesn't cause my mill to rust.

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    Default Re: New 2x4' router build

    I built my mist coolant system for about $100.

    Used this mist unit from amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Was running a bit heavy on the coolant in this video, Koolmist77.







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    Default Re: New 2x4' router build

    So the progress today: I assembled the base (extrusion) and cut the 2x2" tube for the legs.
    Then tack welded the frame on which extrusion will sit, and checked that it was square and flat:
    New 2x4' router build-dscf7549-jpg

    Encouraged by this I welded up the pieces:
    New 2x4' router build-dscf7560-jpg
    But then it was not flat anymore, basically folded across one diagonal, by about 3-4mm. So I cut up two welds that shrunk too much:
    New 2x4' router build-dscf7557-jpg
    And lo and behold, the frame flattened out (to within garage tolerances). Pretty cool!


    Chastened by this, I only tacked the legs, with braces 3 inches above the bottom. Will attach the legs to the frame tomorrow, then add the cross braces on the other two sides.


    This is the progress thus far:
    New 2x4' router build-dscf7563-jpg

    Then it was time to close up shop for the day:
    New 2x4' router build-dscf7562-jpg

    But not before I ordered the coolant from McMaster- Carr.

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    Default Re: New 2x4' router build

    Today I woke up early, and tacked up the legs and the cross beams and added the adjustable legs:

    New 2x4' router build-dscf7567-jpg

    So the base is now half-way done. I would welcome any suggestion on how to organize its volume for storage; can't afford to let it go to waste.

    New 2x4' router build-dscf7570-jpg

    Will most probably add a cross beam to create a 6" top shelf. Half of the width will be for a shelf for temporary storage, the other half will be a drawer, or something like that. I do like having a shelf under the work area to put stuff out of the way, like on my fixturing tables:

    New 2x4' router build-dscf7571-jpg

    Any advice? Thank you.

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