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Old 05-27-2018, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default My Slow Speed Drying Rack

Out of everything I have learned and heard from the MPGS to the Hartville
meetings and on the forum people have a slow speed drying rack for finishing
Mark James was a excellent piece cheap and affordable.

This hit me last night or the day before. As a child i played with KNEX that
my parents got me fun stuff it also has a slow speed motor which goes
forward and reverse and a off switch. I was tyring to think of were you could
get these motors for cheap and I had one all along for free and the rods KNEX
use are exactly 7mm mandrel size so blanks work on them perfectly.


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The blank was just to test the mandrel thats already done and ready for a
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What temperature does the KNEX tolerate in an oven ?
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It would probally melt I would only use it for ca or laquer finish because knex is plastic so i would not attempt it
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Fabulous idea! And I have a Knex roller coaster in the closet...
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I would tape the excess rod with any kind of tape to protect it
from any excess drip from the finish or if your messy
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It would probally melt I would only use it for ca or laquer finish because knex is plastic so i would not attempt it

Oh, OK .... I get it .... sorry for asking
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What temperature does the KNEX tolerate in an oven ?
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It would probally melt I would only use it for ca or laquer finish because knex is plastic so i would not attempt it
I got the "Guts" from Bruce Robbins.

Not a bad question!

I love using the slow speed turner for Wipe On Polyurethane.

I have also started to use a cardboard box, aluminum foil sides, typical light source from the top. Just having a warmer "box" decreases (for me) the Wipe On Poly from a 4 hr to 1.5 hr time between coats.

I doubt the Knex would have any issues with a light source.
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I use a fishing pole drying setup but you can use any synchronous motor such as a clock motor or a barbecue grill motor. Rotisserie motor from old warmer ovens. Buy on ebay any time. I will always air dry and not put any heat to a project to force dry it. Can cause cracks in my opinion. You can not safely regulate temp.
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A microwave motor can make a great low speed turner. Used them for 8 years while making custom fishing rods. Motor with a plastic aerosol cap on the shaft and attach to two pieces of wood for an upright. I used two hex nuts on the plastic shaft to secure the cap. Plastic is self threading.
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