[Spridgets] Work bench surface

Ron Soave soavero at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 12 11:25:14 MDT 2016

Yup. The bubbles coupled with the extreme heat actually cause a sublimation (direct change for solid to gas phase) effect in the steel. Because of the austenitic nature of the substrate, there is severe weakening of the metal in the area of the friction induced heat, e.g. the hole.  

(I made that up; waiting for my lunch. Idle mind and all that)

Ron Soave

> On Apr 11, 2016, at 10:22 PM, Rick Fisk via Spridgets <spridgets at autox.team.net> wrote:
> A couple of years ago I learned a trick for drilling holes in stainless steel that works amazingly well.  At work I frequently have to drill mounting holes in stainless and it was always a job I disliked because it wrecked drill bits and was hard to do.  Then on a job site one day my customer told me about this trick - use Dawn dish soap as a cutting fluid.  When he told me I didn't believe it.  He ran over to their breakroom and came back with a bottle of Dawn.  He handed it to me and said try it.  I squirted a couple of drops on the punchmark on the stainless and started the drill.  It went through almost like soft steel!  I couldn't believe it!  Try it - you'll like it.  :-)
> Sent from my keyboard
>> On Apr 11, 2016, at 5:29 PM, Trevor Jessie via Spridgets <spridgets at autox.team.net> wrote:
>> Being the impatient person that I am ... I whipped out my wallet and bought some new  stainless steel from the local supplier.  He had some drop cuts that I could have pieced together, but nobody likes drilling holes in stainless.  So I paid for a solid piece cut to size.  It is mounted and I'm happy ... maybe I should sell a spare midget differential to try and pay for my new workbench surface.
>> -Trevor
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