Cost effective machinery covers made from decorators dust sheeting.

Cost effective machinery covers made from decorators dust sheeting.

Cost effective machinery covers made from decorators dust sheeting are proving effective. It has been an ambition of mine for several years to protect my engineering equipment with dust sheets. Previously I have used offcuts of bedding sheets but wanted something a little more refined. From research I found that the best materials for machinery covers is a plastic covered with another material. On a visit to Screwfix I spotted one solution, decorators dust sheets.

Cost effective machinery covers made from decorators dust sheeting.
The material comes in various sizes and I have still enough material for machinery in the wood workshop.

I bought 2 sheets and after taking measurements of the machinery I wanted to cover I asked SWMBO (she who must be obeyed!) if she would give me a crash course in using the sewing machine.

Finally aloud to 'have a go'! Using SWMBO's sewing machine.
Finally ALLOWED to ‘have a go’! Using SWMBO’s sewing machine.

Once mastered, I zoomed away making up 7 covers. They were for the new tool and cutter grinder purchased recently, the bandsaw, roller and guillotine, both lathes, the milling machine and the small CNC router. Without going over the top with hemming each one, it didn’t take too long to complete.  See what you think. You may wonder why ‘Allowed’ is in italics in the photo above caption? Its because my Brother laughed so much that the spell checker allowed aloud to be inserted. Of course that’s my excuse……he has another view!

One example of the seven or so covers made fro material that has a plastic liner
One example of the seven or so covers made fro material that has a plastic liner

Update 18th October 2016.

Adding shingles to the Postman Pat van’s garage highlighted another possible material. One I shall try out when making more dust covers for the machinery I have in the wooden workshop.

To ensure the ‘garage’ remains watertight I bought some roofing felt that goes between the rafters of a house and the tiles that fit over them.  It is very strong, lighter and more flexible than the dust sheet and somewhat thinner. As soon as I have made some I will add additional photo’s here.

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