|Peter Simpson 1||09/05/2021 18:56:44|
206 forum posts
I need to cut two 1inch diameter holes in 1/8th copper sheet. I was thinking of using a step drill up to 22 mm then using a boring head to complete the job. Is there a better way ?
|Ian P||09/05/2021 19:04:36|
2512 forum posts
'Better' depends on circumstances and what equipment is available.
Your step drill followed by boring sounds good. Fly press and punch would be another way.
|Martin Kyte||09/05/2021 19:05:03|
2525 forum posts
Brad point drills work well in copper. Nothing wrong with the boring head idea.
|Clive Brown 1||09/05/2021 19:34:07|
|687 forum posts|
Chain drilling and a half-round file
|noel shelley||09/05/2021 20:29:05|
|707 forum posts|
3/4"Wedon shank 1"rotabroach. A 2MT holder in a drilling machine. You then can do holes from 11mm up to about 1 1/2" with ease. You do need slow speed though. Noel.
|not done it yet||09/05/2021 20:37:58|
|6251 forum posts|
To what precision? A tank cutter is likely a possible approach? I’ve got various q-max tank cutters. They are only rated to 2mm but i’ve used them on thicker stuff ... they don’t say whether hard or annealed copper
1214 forum posts
Although the copper may be a bit thick I would consider using a piercing saw with a thin blade (less metal to remove). You will break blades but that is to be expected. Finish off with a small half round, or round, file ideally one that has no been used on steel.
I have happily cut 1/8" thick brass with a piercing saw and made 1/32" thick copper gaskets using the above method.
|bernard towers||10/05/2021 09:33:50|
|274 forum posts|
What’s wrong with a 1 inch step drill?
|noel shelley||10/05/2021 09:37:31|
|707 forum posts|
A sharp Q-max cutter would do it. The Deluxe version has a hollow hydraulic cylinder That develops about 5Ton pull - easy to use on the bigger sizes ! Where are you ? Noel.
|Tim Stevens||10/05/2021 17:45:05|
1447 forum posts
I would use a piercing saw followed by a fine (fairly new) half-round file. Depending, of course on how critical the roundness is, as well as the measured diameter.
|Mark P.||10/05/2021 18:20:36|
620 forum posts
How about clamping it between two pieces of plywood and using a hole saw?
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