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Okay, BIG update!

I headed down to the Cape for a night to get a bunch of work done with a friend who's a machinist. He hooked me up with all sorts of taps, drill bits, etc. that I will need. I just need to get the chucks for them..Picture time. I got a couple taps:

10-32
8-32
6-32

1/4" NPT for tapping for barbs
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post #72 of 138
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Okay, I got the holes drilled for the 2 sliding trays...I then sanded it with whatever grid I saw sitting on my workbench. That's it for tonight, I need to go to HD next before anything, that'll happen in the AM, I need some nuts and more angle aluminum.
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post #73 of 138
Looks like you are making good headway Burn! Always good to have the right tools for the job--I've had to drill and tap aluminum for different jobs and it's messy time-consuming work--if you go easy you can use a cordless drill with the clutch set low to run the tap in and out--could save you a little effort.

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Thanks! I was going to HD in the AM tomorrow to get two different tap wrenches, one is for the smaller 10, 8 and 6 taps, the other is for the big 1/4" NPT tap.
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Pepare for real work out for your wrists...I found that you need to go in and out in and out like 3 steps forward one back in order to avoid binding up in the material--aluminum is plenty soft though so shouldn't be too bad. I used a special tapping lubricant--looks like a wax stick--but bar soap will do it to--just drag the tap across the soap before cranking away.
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Yeah, I was thinking of using some sort of lubricant to help it out, I'm gonna get good at tapping before I move on to the expensive stuff by trying it out on some wood first, then stepping up to some harder material.
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Hmmmm--well those taps you have are not made for soft materials like wood--but it prolly won't hurt 'em. Tapping stainless steel is a bear--mild steel is no biggy--acrylic tends to get hot and melt around the tap as you work it so you have to let it cool between twists--thick (1/4"+) aluminum tends to clog the cutting threads --but the stock you are using should be a snap--oops wrong word!
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post #78 of 138
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Haha, good one.

Excellent news, got the stuff I needed at HD, and I got as far as mounting the sliders to the upright angle alu., I needa run out for some errands but should be back, I hope to be able to cut and perhaps drill the angle alu. that will mount to the sliding rails tonight.
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post #79 of 138
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Okay, quick update before I nod off to bed. I got 3 of the 4 angle alu. pieces cut that hold the trays in place, I cut and sanded them down to a nice finish. I'll cut the last one tomorrow and then drill and tap the angle aluminum for a #10-32 cap screw. Woot!
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Good going!
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