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Former Member12/11/2018 16:49:09
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Thor 🇳🇴12/11/2018 16:54:02
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Hi Bill,

I made the same experience as you years ago so I try to clean up the sharp end of the bars before putting them back in the storage rack.


Steve Tyson12/11/2018 17:09:48
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Hi Bill,

Many years ago I got a reprimand from my manager for wasting mine and company time.

It was my habit to deburr or chamfer the ends of all metal bars, usually steel but also brass and Lt Alloy before they were placed on the storage racks in the stores.

So, I stopped, until later one individual gashed his hand bad enough to require hospital treatment, this was before the days of PPE.

I had a different working relationship with the manager after that.wink


Robbo12/11/2018 17:18:57
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The 60 year old scar on my thumb reminds me to always clean up rough ends crying

Peter G. Shaw12/11/2018 17:29:15
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Yes, just to take off the sharp edges

Peter G. Shaw

Mick B112/11/2018 17:44:59
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Not so much to avoid risk of cuts - don't think I've ever cut myself that way - but to ensure a clean, true grip in the chuck, I deburr and usually chamfer the back end too.
Chris Gunn12/11/2018 17:55:39
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Not only do I clean the burrs off, I use a white correcting pen marker and mark the ends with the size so I can find the right size easy next time.

Chris Gunn

Boiler Bri12/11/2018 18:52:52
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Your Elf n safety says all cut ends should be cleaned to prevent damage to fingers. Its a bit like a small offcut of round bar on the floor, you just dont do it.

46 years ago my boss boll(£;: me off for doing these things and you remember not to do it - if you dont your stupid 🤔

Well thats what he told me 😂


larry phelan 112/11/2018 19:20:26
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Only takes a moment to do it,result ? no more gashed fingers.!

Yes,I always clean up cut ends,the damage they can do has to be seen to be believed [been there,done that,but not any longer ! ]

Try it,you get used to it !

Jon Lawes12/11/2018 19:25:34
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I don't, but I will now.

Pete Rimmer12/11/2018 19:46:31
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I find that stainless can pull up a nasty burr. A quick swipe with a file gets it gone though.

ChrisH12/11/2018 20:09:02
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I bought a bench mounted belt sander - the type with a longish belt in the front usually vertical and a circular disc on the side - and mounted it on the end of the bench. Now every piece of stock I cut, and the remaining bit, gets a (very) quick dress up on the belt to take the sharp edge off, as does any stock I buy if it arrives with a sharp edge. I say 'a (very) quick dress up' because that's all it takes, literally seconds, but it drastically reduces the chance of a cut hand. So a no-brainer.

The bits I mill have the edges dressed with a file, as do any circular ends on lathe produced parts unless a chamfer has been put on, but I guess most folks would do that anyway as a matter of course. Saves cuts to hands!

I also mark each end of the bar stock with the EN number and the size to help ID it later when I have forgotten what I do have with a Sharpie, takes the guesswork out later. It helps me anyway!

Jon12/11/2018 21:04:48
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Never it wastes needless time.

thaiguzzi13/11/2018 04:38:30
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Don't bother on alloy.

But steel and S/S - chamfer or deburr before it goes back in the rack.

John MC13/11/2018 07:36:52
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I don't bother, its a bit like cleaning the machine after every session, life's too short........

The nearest I've seen "industry" bothering to do this was a rough chamfering of bar stock to go in to an autofeed for a capstan.

Mark Rand13/11/2018 09:23:31
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I tend to go the other way, I normally use gloves when handling lengths of stock. Most of my steel stock retains the layer of cruddy oil on it from when it came from the stock holder and it is grubby stuff to handle. I also find that square and rectangular lengths of cold rolled steel can cut. So until I've band sawed off the length I want to work on and wiped it off, I tend to try to remember to keep my bare pinkies off it.

Ian S C13/11/2018 10:02:53
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You might as well do it while it's still in the lathe, you'll have to do it at the beginning of the next job, and that time might be wasted, it's going to happen some time.

Ian S C

JOHN MOSLEY 113/11/2018 10:57:07
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You will find all people who did there apprenticeships' in the 60/70s do take any sharp edges of anything they touch. We did not use gloves then. I remember only too well an older engineer coming up to me and saying did you machine this, I proudly said yes. This was followed by a verbal and physical assault on me saying take the beep beep burs off next time.

mechman4813/11/2018 11:17:26
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Posted by Ian S C on 13/11/2018 10:02:53:

You might as well do it while it's still in the lathe, you'll have to do it at the beginning of the next job, and that time might be wasted, it's going to happen some time.

Ian S C

+1 - I tend to face off the end & put a light chamfer on... then ready to spot / centre drill on next job.


Mark Rand13/11/2018 11:25:18
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Certainly debur or chamfer parts after machining or before if needed. But lengths of stock put back on the rack after sawing get the gloves.

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