Thread: drilling brass?
i usually take the sharpness off of a drill by holding a sheet of wet and dry on a flat surface with a little light oil on it and rub the cutting edge untill the sharpness is off of it,
i also push the drill bit into some soft soap for lubrication,may seem a bit mad but it seems to work for me in brass.
Thats what I mean't the cetting edge needs to be removed as in Robin's picture.
I was thinking about you method of backlash removal; It might be worth arranging things so the bulk of the thread is pushed or pulled towards the handle of the cross slide, rather away from it, since most turning is external and the cutting force will be in that direction.
i see what you mean, and i was going to do it that way, but i was told there was a risk of the nut splitting if i did this (being old brass) - the amount of backlash is significant... it might need quite a gap!
What I had planned to do is saw it with a fine saw, then reassemble and check the backlash. then mill a small amount off the fixed portion such that when the screws are done up its a little overtight.. then shim it back. Its only until I can make the new nuts and screws so only has to last another, ummm, year or so... these have lasted 100y already!
You could shim it apart just as easily as closed. That would make it nice and stable.
Yes of course I could.... i was looking at it this way... the thread is 8tpi, 3mm. the kerf on the saw is 1mm+. The backlash is 2mm (yes, almost a turn). So I could shim it out a lot, or mill it down and shim it back out a little... but obviously I'll try the former first....
Just had a thought.
Mentioning no names, I bought some cheap Jobber drilll bits on ebay, supposedly 'quality' items.
After the first 2 sizes snapped on the first hole attempted the rest went in the bin.
Maybe your trouble is naff drillls and what you really need is a Dormer?
Strangely I nearly bought some cheaper jobber drills, then changed my mind and got some dormer ones off eBay... twice the price, but probably last more than twice as long. The current drills are from a drill set from one of the usual sources...
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