View Full Version : cutting oil alternative?

lathe dog
01-02-2006, 04:44 PM
I was turning a crankshaft for a model engine and I ran out of cutting oil, so i went scrounging around in the kitchen and found an small amount of canola cooking oil and gave it a try and for what i was doing, light cuts and slow rpm, it worked well.
I have been using a soy based cutting oil at work and really like it. and when it get's hot it smells like someone is frying pancake's!

Forrest Addy
01-02-2006, 05:12 PM
Try bacon grease, my all time favorite cutting oil for the nastiest gummiest soft steel. It not only provides excellent cutting qualities but it prepares you for lunch.

lathe dog
01-02-2006, 08:10 PM
Hi Forrest I didn't even think of bacon grease. I was looking for the can of crisco when I saw the canola oil.

01-02-2006, 08:47 PM
If you add some sulfor( I hope I spelled it correctly), available at your local drug store, to your bacon grease( or go out and buy some lard) it makes the best tapping fluid ( or grease) money can buy. It will draw flies in the summer but it is worth the trouble.........