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From: Robert Bastow <>
Newsgroups: rec.crafts.metalworking,rec.woodworking
Subject: Re: Question for Robert
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 17:14:08 GMT

Cast Iron is "Lovely, Filthy" stuff to machine.

Lovely, because a good piece of grey iron cuts like cheese, requires no
lubricant and is easy to get a "professional finish" on.

Filthy, because the swarf is dusty and contains a large amount of free graphite,
it turns everything, including skin a glossy black!  It ingrains in the skin,
especially under the fingernails and it can take a week to get rid of the
vestigal traces of a cast iron session.

What it does to the tender, inner, workings of machine tools is nothing short of
criminal!!  A different kind of "filthy" as it is very abrasive....!


Larry Root wrote:
> Robert:
> Way back in ancient archives of time when I worked on cars, I'd rub cold
> cream into my hands; they have better products available now.  But that
> was to keep out the grease.  I don't work around cast iron (other that
> my TS top), why do you need the liquid gloves "especially" for cast
> iron?
> Respectfully,
> Larry Root
> Robert Bastow wrote:
> >
> >
> > I use "Liquid Glove" especially when working on cast iron.  The secret is to
> > work a good solid wedge of the stuff under your fingernails..That washes out,
> > when the time comes, and brings all the crap with it
> >
> > teenut

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