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    Default Trade Secrets..

    Lots of you guys like to..

    Turn..
    Mill..
    Drill..
    Tap..
    Sand..
    Grind..
    Saw..
    Various materials in your gunsmithing..

    SO...
    If you need a non toxic..non spilling lubricant for all the above operations..
    Just go to your local market or hardware store and grab a box of WAX.

    I use this stuff all the time on whatever I happen to be machining..cutting drilling etc...

    Works GREAT! and as an added extra bonus it also acts as a rust inhibitor at the same time!

    Try it!
    You will wonder how you ever got things done without it..

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    Are you using it place of cutting oil?

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    I knew about drilling, tapping, even driving in long screws (another to add to the list).

    But how would you use it for milling, basically applying it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanvil View Post
    Are you using it place of cutting oil?
    Yep.
    For what I do...Lots of welding after machining and oil is nothing more than a huge mess to clean up before you can weld anything..
    Oil and welds do NOT mix..
    Wax has no adverse effect on what I weld..

    Quote Originally Posted by Coils View Post
    I knew about drilling, tapping, even driving in long screws (another to add to the list).

    But how would you use it for milling, basically applying it?
    Rub it right on the spinning cutter..
    On the piece spinning in the lathe..And my machine is a 1942 Hendy 20" swing 100" long..
    On the surface you wish to grind..
    It comes like a bar of soap so application is easy...

    All you need is some heat from the process and the wax melts and "Wicks" to where the heat is..

    I DO NOT use cutting oil at all anymore..
    Once in awhile I will use some soluable oil in water but that is only for DEEP hole boring..

    ...zap!

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    And it makes a dandy flux for casting bullets. Just light the smoke on fire to keep the smell down.

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    Sounds simple enough, I'll have to try it on more things
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    Thumbs up It works great!

    I do the same thing!
    It also works great for sanding Aluminum, it keeps the pads from loading up & galling the surface.

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    We used cocoa butter on small drill bits at AGT

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    Have you ever tried beeswax? I find it to be a better lubricant for drilling holes in aluminum than paraffin. Boeing also makes a proprietary stuff called "Boelube" that works pretty well. It's basically a wax with some "stuff" in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by netpackrat View Post
    Have you ever tried beeswax? I find it to be a better lubricant for drilling holes in aluminum than paraffin. Boeing also makes a proprietary stuff called "Boelube" that works pretty well. It's basically a wax with some "stuff" in it.
    Yeah, I've been using Boelube for about 25 years. Same kind of deal. It comes as a hard wax and melts when heated. Works great. I recently found some in liquid form in a small bottle similar to an air tool oil bottle. Definitely one drop works for each hole. Doesn't need much.

    I like the Gulf Wax thing though. I'll have to try that on something I'm going to be welding, instead of an oil based product.
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