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Posted on Mon Nov 15, 2004 5:19 pm
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I cut my rings with a .8 mm carbon blade. It works well except that it leaves burrs. i just started working with aluminum, and it is taking way too much time to deburr them. I am looking into using a vibratory tumbler for deburring. Has anyone out there used this method, and what type of media did you use?

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Posted on Mon Nov 15, 2004 6:01 pm
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welcome to MAIL. i haven't needed to do any deburring yet but i know tumblers for semi precious rocks have been used. some like using stainless steel shot, others use steel bb's, and then others use uncooked rice. are you needing to deburr whole peices or just the unwoven links? for larger projects, ie shirts, you could use an old dryer. just put it on the no heat setting.


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Posted on Tue Nov 16, 2004 5:18 pm
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I want to use it on the cut rings first. I may use it on small assembled pieces also. The aluminum I am using is very soft and scratches easily

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Posted on Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:46 pm
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try tumbling with rice. the alumium shouldn't scratch itself since its the same hardness. one other thought that came into my head, was using one of those hand crank or electric ice cream makers to tumble the rings. i vaugely remember someone saying that, i think it was here but i'm not sure. btw, where can you get a vibrating tumbler? i haven't heard of them.


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Posted on Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:58 pm
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They use the tumblers for cleaning shell casings for re-loading bullets. One of the other vendors at a Ren faire I did this summer recommended it. He uses all aluminum. I've been working with galvanized up until now, but I am making some bikini's and am trying to keep the weight down. The rice sounds like a good idea.

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Posted on Wed Nov 17, 2004 12:05 am
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Here is one of the sites where I found the tumblers
www.fmreloading.com

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Posted on Wed Nov 17, 2004 1:59 am
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Dunno why this is the request forum. Request forum is more for, asking for someone to write an article, or asking for the site to be changed to do this or that.

You just had a plain quesiton to be answered. You can ask that in the Knitting Forum, probably 10 times as many people read that as would glance here.

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Posted on Wed Nov 17, 2004 2:33 pm
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Thanks for the info. I am new to the group, and just finding my way around.

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Posted on Thu Nov 18, 2004 1:48 pm
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try using crushed up walnut shells instead of rice I have used it to polish brass when re-loading shells.


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Posted on Thu Nov 18, 2004 3:03 pm
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I already tried the walnut shells. It polished them up nice, but didn't remove the burrs.

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Posted on Sat Nov 20, 2004 8:30 pm
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kevinusa posted his icecream maker tumbler.

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Posted on Sun Nov 21, 2004 1:54 pm
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I have been using a rotary drum tumbler for years to deburr my welds. I have never tried it on aluminium but steel (mild or stainless), bronze or titanium need no media.....only soapy water.


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Posted on Sun Nov 21, 2004 4:15 pm
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We use plain dry rice to de-burr in a rotary tumbler. We found a great vibrating tumbler at a sporting goods store, but I'm not sure if it would de-burr as well. The rotary tumbler really gets the rings and slamming into each other too....
I think i'll probably by it and try it... it'll work to polish up sterling and copper for sure
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