Stainles Steel Wire And Drilling Computer Board Lips
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:39 AM
Where do you buy stainless stell wire for balsa baits and has anyone else had trouble drilling silicone lips? It seem s to dull my drill bits almost instantly.
Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:18 PM
Look up Mustang wire in Oklahoma. On the drilling there are different angles a drill bit is sharpened to.You might try a bit with an angle for aluminium.
Posted 11 June 2010 - 02:52 PM
Thanks for the help
Posted 11 June 2010 - 05:47 PM
I use a Dremel with a set of steel sub-millimeter bits to drill polycarbonate and circuit board. I like a good friction fit for the wire and small bits are the ticket. I get them at: http://www.sciplus.com/ I use .040" Malin soft temper stainless "safety wire" on average to large balsa baits, from McMaster-Carr. It comes in 1/4 lb spools.
Posted 11 June 2010 - 11:21 PM
What about brass wire?
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:19 PM
Soft temper brass works fine, the choice of brass or stainless is mostly esthetic - I prefer stainless because it matches the rest of the hardware on the bait. I use the same .040" dia brass as stainless steel. Soft temper stainless is a little harder than brass - but either is much easier to work with than hard temper wire. When you first work with soft temper wire, it seems soft and easy to bend. However, when formed into a small diameter circle for a line tie or hook hanger, it is quite strong and hard to deform. If I were making baits for pike, musky or saltwater, I'd have to think twice about using soft temper wire but for bass, it's a no-brainer.