Ok so I wanted to start bench runs but I was a little iffy about the cost of a dice pot alone and if it would be worth it, so I decide to make one on the cheap. Here it is so far.
The dice pot, made with a copper pipe fixture and the base is copper sheet metal soldered to the base.
Extremely thin after 1500 grit lapping, like less than 1mm, it's a mirror shine but there was crap on it so it's not so nice.
Inside of the pot, not so nice. There were stampings on the sheet metal and black stuff left from the blow torch.
1500 Grit lapped Core 2 Duo CPU. (dice run on this)
400 - 600 - 800 - 1000 - 1500 Girt Sand Paper: $5
Blow Torch w/ Gas: $10
Copper Pipe Fixture: $5
Copper Sheet Metal: $5
Insulation Foam: $5 (not shown because I don't have a big pipe to mount the base in yet)
Total Cost so far: $30 USD.
Things left to do: Make a mount and mount a funnel pipe in the base
For the mount im going to take a few metal rods lying around, a piece of wood and an old CPU cooler blackplate + some nuts & bolts.
Only thing I have a hard time deciding is what to make the funnel pipe out of. You know that big pipe that sticks out where you poor acetone in w/ dice. I was thinking of a small PVC pipe to fit nice and snug in the base but I have concerned that it might crack under the cool temperature of dice but I seen some pro made pots that have a nice copper base with a PVC funnel pipe.
Should I go with a simple PVC pipe or go out of my way again, buy a big (and probably expensive) copper pipe and have to solder it to the base?