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Old 09-20-2019, 11:30 AM
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Default Crating milling machine for outdoor storage

I may need to crate my manual knee mill (a Bridgeport clone), for outdoor storage on gravel for the winter.

1. How would you construct the base pallet.
2. Does the the wood need to be treated on the inside of the crate to prevent off gassing of humidity and solvents from the plywood glue.
3. How should the mill be surface treated to prevent rust.

There has to be a way to allow moisture out, so the box has to be vented, presumably a vent high on one side and low on the other?

Edit to add: Winter is our rain and wind season, snow is rare here.


What else do I need to consider?
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:25 PM
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Buy a small garden tool storage building..seal it , the mill,in plastic and put it close to an outdoor outlet so you can put a heat strip under the plastic...
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:06 PM
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Default Crating milling machine for outdoor storage

Alternatively buy or hire the smallest shipping container (6ft or 8ft) that the mill will fit into and it is weathrproof and can be vented.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:16 PM
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Soak it in fluid film. Get into all the machined areas, lead screws, ways etc.


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Old 09-21-2019, 11:20 AM
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Or put it in a small climate controlled storage unit...Sounds like you want to go the hard way...The easy way doesn't cost much more..
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Old 09-21-2019, 04:26 PM
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Use a siphon feed sand blaster to hose it down with oil, some even use an undercoating rig. Wrap in plastic and crate.
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Old 09-21-2019, 07:36 PM
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I don't know if I'd be moving such a large piece of equipment outside, especially if it is in good condition (ie: no rust). That said, I agree on juicing/lubing it up beforehand, then shrink-wrapping it adequately. Then cover with a tarp inspecting every week or two for water intrusion.

PS: Then maybe make an "enclosure" using firring strips and tarping to create a cover that will shed water.
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Cover the ground you will be setting it on with thick poly. A lot of moisture comes up from the soil.
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Cover the ground you will be setting it on with thick poly. A lot of moisture comes up from the soil.
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Soak it in fluid film. Get into all the machined areas, lead screws, ways etc.


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That's the best advice. FF is very good at what it does. Cover it up with a tarp and get done with a new home for it.
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That's the best advice. FF is very good at what it does. Cover it up with a tarp and get done with a new home for it.
And then tarp the tarp with a standoff frame. As the moisture condenses inside the tarp exposed to the elements, you'll have another layer to protect it. The heating and cooling from the sun will always condense moisture, similar to a metal roof sweating.
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