Re: Sunshine resale values..Now tools

Richard Townsend

I will echo what others have said about the delights of precision miniature drill presses.  For a long time I was intending to build one following a Ben King article from a old Model Railroader.  I suspect that the Brazelton drill press was based on Mr. King's article.  By the time I decided I would never get around to building one and that I should just knuckle down and buy a Brazelton, he was out of business.  I saved my pennies and ended up buying a Cameron drill press.  Many, many pennies.  But it was worth it.  When I first got it I tried it out and was disappointed to learn that even at its slowest speed with a quick in and out I was melting plastic onto the drill bits.  Jack Burgess was kind enough to advise me to buy one of the Dremel "Solid State" speed controls, and even pointed one out on eBay.  I bought one and have been happy as can be ever since.  Pin vise drilling grab iron poles was pure, frustrating, broken-bit drudgery; drilling them with the drill press is a pleasure.
Now I'm saving my pennies for a precision miniature table saw.
Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon

-----Original Message-----
From: Anspach Denny
To: Era Freight Car List Steam
Sent: Wed, Mar 5, 2014 5:37 pm
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Sunshine resale values..Now tools

I will echo Jack Burgess’s comments on the advantages of precision drilling. Pin vise drilling for handrails is more akin to trudging through deep sand than it is to joyful modeling.   (I shudder, brace up,  and take a deep draft before tackling any one  of my stash of un-grabbed Walthers cars).

However, the comments about drill speed are confusing. Doing this in styrene is hazardous, only less so in resin. It CAN be done is one is disciplined to get in and back out fast. But, slower speeds have been better in my hands.  Although I use a MicroMark drill press for most common things, I also have a 12 volt super- precision drill press made by a machinist in Alabama  (Braxton??-  memory infarct)  (who also taught and played violin before his death about ten years ago). He preached a mantra of *slow *drilling with these tiny drills.

Well, intuitively I would guess that high speed might have some considerable value in metals, but all?  What types of lubrication might tip the scales one way or another?


Denny S. Anspach MD

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