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Old 3rd March 2004, 03:59 AM   #11
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Thank you for the suggestions. I'm taking a look at the catalog right now

Yeah, they'll all be through holes. No need for blind-tapping (at least for now)
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btw, the speeds available on my drill press are 570, 900, 1390, 2050, and 3050 ..
Figure the upper end. Up to 3,000RPM for 1/16" or so holes. I'd take it at 2 or 3k for 1/8". Whatever you're comfortable with (and that includes the machine).

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As for cutting fluid, WD40/kerosene/deisel/paint thinner/etc. is quoted as being the best for aluminum (or often none at all). For steel, lard oil (esp. sulfurized and/or chlorinated) apparently works wonders. I cut the difference and use 50/50 paint thinner and bacon grease (yup, animal fats work wonders ). Works fine as far as I can tell.

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Hmm, after a bit of research, seems like mcmaster will be the best option for me since I'll need to order the screws and magic tap from them as well.

I'm just trying to think right now as to what else I might need. Maybe a good drill bit would do. Keep the stuff to a small order though.

All 3 of those companies have a GREAT website. Its been a long time since i've browsed through an easier-to-use site (especially mcmaster!).
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Why don't you get it from Home Depot?
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Why don't you get it from Home Depot?

i checked home depot/rona/canadian tire for the screws - they're $0.50/each at least (some about $0.59)
mcmaster is $0.18/each (for a pack of 50, can't buy them in 50/100 packs here)

checked for taps, home depot/rona have taps which look very cheap, and there's a tiny selection of them .. C.T. has some that are about $7/each .. so CT is an option, but i've read about the mcmaster taps before, and they're about the same taps

oh and i don't at this time want a whole set since i only need one size as of right now .. i don't see myself needing 20-30 different sizes in the near future

the lubricating fluid, although i didn't look for at either of the stores, i didn't see it at either one ..
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I don't think you should be making such a big fuss about all that supplies. I'm using the taps frome Home Depot, and can't complain about them. And you can buy them separately (and the drill is supplied as well)

As to the lubricating fluid, use any oil you might have available (even a bicycle chain lube works here, soaped water, WD40 or Varsol). If I don't have lube around me, I just spit on the tap and it's fine

The speed on the drill press should be the highest you feel comfortable with (for 1/8 drill). While you could use the highest speed, I usually prefer the third one from the bottom. For 1/2 holes, I always use the lowest speed.
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I don't think you should be making such a big fuss about all that supplies. I'm using the taps frome Home Depot, and can't complain about them. And you can buy them separately (and the drill is supplied as well)

As to the lubricating fluid, use any oil you might have available (even a bicycle chain lube works here, soaped water, WD40 or Varsol). If I don't have lube around me, I just spit on the tap and it's fine

The speed on the drill press should be the highest you fee comfortable with (for 1/8 drill). While you could use the highest speed, I usually prefer the third one from the bottom. For 1/2 holes, I always use the lowest speed.

well i do like your suggestions (as they save a bit of money) .. this weekend i was planning on goin out and buying the tap/tap holder thing .. and the screws ..

once again, thanks for the advice ..
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Now if I want to be really serious, I'm using two lubricant's on the left. Both are industrial grade, used in aviation (on sheet metal work).

Boelube is a very good product. It's like a wax and you just dip your drill bit in it. While drill gets warm the wax melts and lubricates. It provides very smooth action and what I like most about it, it's not messy. I don't really use it for tapping, as the tap don't provide enough heat to melt the wax.

For tapping I like to use Anchorlube, especially when working with copper. The tapping action is much improved and the tap goes deeper when proper lubricant is used.

But, although both those products are very good, it doesn't mean that your regular 3-IN-ONE oil won't work.

BTW, I rarely use lubricant when drilling, only on deep holes (more than 3/8").
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