|07-01-2013 12:59 PM|
However, my calculus was as follows:
So for me, it was a no-brainer at $25. It was a plus that when I showed up there they only charged me $5. The $25 quote was assuming half hour of shop time, but the holes took only under 5 minutes.
|07-01-2013 03:43 AM|
|Black Hills Tj|
|06-29-2013 12:48 PM|
|DKShrimporium||Explanation of the project ongoing here.|
|06-28-2013 10:55 PM|
|jasonpatterson||Congrats on finding a good machine shop, that's always a worthwhile discovery. I was groaning at $25 for drilling a hole through a piece of sheet metal.|
|06-28-2013 08:22 PM|
Whoo-hoo. D. Cooper always does good business. They drilled those suckers in about 3 minutes, perfectly, charged me $5, and gave me two locking washers to fit, to boot.
Pictures of the project to come, when I have my compressor fired up, later. Pouring rain right now.
|06-28-2013 02:36 AM|
|Black Hills Tj||What are you building and how many holes do you need drilled?|
|06-27-2013 01:36 PM|
Guys, I lucked out. I got this guy to do it for $25 while I wait. For that, I pay someone else to do it for me! D. Cooper has always done great things for me and I have no problem supporting his shop with this. I sent an inquiry with pictures last night at 9 pm and had a response with quote just now. That's the type of business you want to support, when you support a local business.
I will update when they are drilled. I won't have them drilled until my other parts arrive and I'm ready to pull the part for drilling and assemble the whole project, all at once.
Thank you all for your input, I really appreciate it.
|06-27-2013 12:16 PM|
this is not done yet?
Do you have more plate other than piece you you cut already? Be a lot easier to drill while its still a large sheet, then cut it.
What are you trying to accomplish here anyway? Cant use a washer?
|06-27-2013 08:47 AM|
hmm.. you could try and bring it to some steel shop and have it torched..
with oxygen acetylene welding cutting..
just my 2 cents..
|06-27-2013 06:27 AM|
Use the drill press and buy a HF drill press vice, they shouldn't set you back much and they are MUCH safer than having a piece of metal whipping into your fingers at 300 rpm.
WD40 or used motor oil or even water will work as lubricant, just about anything to soak up some of the heat and move the chips away, don't be shy about using it either, especially water as you'll need a lot.
For this I'd just buy a step bit as was mentioned earlier, they're great for jobs like this since you don't have to change drill bits to step your hole sizes up.
Sounds like the metal working shops in your area are a bunch of douche, most places in my city would see what you want to do, ask you to mark the holes then grab the chunk of metal and march into the back to zip a couple holes into it so you'll go away happy.
|06-27-2013 04:59 AM|
|Black Hills Tj||
|06-27-2013 01:48 AM|
Mark your location with a center punch first. Drill a pilot hole with a sharp smaller bit. Drill again with a size about 1/2 way between your first bit and your final size. Finally drill with the size you want. Any regular old oil will work. I've even used cooking oil to drill steel before.
|06-27-2013 01:37 AM|
|GraphicGr8s||Cutting through that just stand on the sheet (on top of a piece of wood) and drill. Whatever corded drill you have.Take your time and lubricate. It isn't that hard to do. Just get a bit for ferrous metals. That bit from Lowes looks like it's more for thinner sheet metal not steel plate. And don't put it on hammer if it's a hammerdrill.|
|06-26-2013 11:48 PM|
Thanks for the input, TPTers. I'm checking out one more option which is a friend with a wood shop locally. He might have a buddy with a machining shop.
I do have a drill press, but am not sure it won't slip on me as earlier this year I had to clean and re-seat a slipping chuck, on much less torque than I think metal drilling would take. I do have vices mounted to workbenches. I do not have a lot of hand strength. (I have already cracked one finger using a hole hawg that tied up on me, and while I do have a corded hammer drill with ample torque, I'm a bit afraid to try holding it freehand for metal work.) I do have a stubborn will to find solutions, though.
The local actual machine shops wanted upwards of $200 to take on a project, which is way beyond what I'm needing - I just need two lousy holes.
I'll let y'all know what I end up doing.
|06-26-2013 07:20 PM|
|gene4christ||If you have a drill press and a vise , it will be a snap, very easy . If you do not have vice then it gets a little tricky , use a good set of vice grips and drill into a peace of wood and hold very tightly . If you do not have a drill press but have a vice a hand drill will work but is slower and can be tricky when you get about through . If you do not have drill or vice call someone who has one LOL .|
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