Home shop uses for graphite

I would like to know if anyone here found any use for carbon
graphite blocks that would not involve having an EDM. Is there someone
who found a good use for graphite. thanks
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Reply to
Ignoramus1197
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Sounds like a very practical reason to keep a block or two. Thanks.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus1197
I would sure like to have some graphite blocks for a couple of carving projects. My F-in-law used to work for a glass company and brought some home. They carved pretty well with a foredom carver.
Have a good day, B
Reply to
Byrd
So, you would carve a piece out of it, like you would do with wood, thgat would be a project in itself? Or do you use a carved piece to do something else with it?
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Reply to
Ignoramus1197
It might work like a copper block for filling in holes with weld. I've never tried graphite for that, but if a had a good sized chunk I would try it.
Reply to
Steve Austin
The piece I had carved sort of like soapstone, maybe a little like ivory would, if I could afford ivory. Of course there might be a bunch of different grades, I only had experience with that one type.
B
Reply to
Byrd
It will work. However there is one minor gotcha. The weld will absorb the carbon making it rather hard to drill or machine.
Reply to
Wayne Cook
Often carbon block was used to shape the end of tungstens into a ball before going to AC on aluminum. The other use as mentioned is for backing when filling gaps in a weld joint. Randy
Reply to
Randy Zimmerman
IT gets used a lot in glass working. Bead makers use it for paddles, and other tools, and one local glass outfit near me uses it for plate and bowl moulds.
jk
Reply to
jk
Where do you get the graphite blocks from, and what kind of price should a person expect? I need to make some marver pads for glass work and would like to try and make my own.
Thanks OM
Reply to
ol3_m3
Crucibles.
Reply to
Richard J Kinch
They make real good electrodes for electrolytic derusting or electroplating or electrocleaning or ..
GWE
Reply to
Grant Erwin
On a related note, I happen to have what amounts to a box of graphite powder.
Does anyone know of a way this could be made into a crucible? I understand that graphite can be sintered. Would a basic form and a Kiln work?
Reply to
marc.britten
Id not mind having a piece or 3 for stencil holders for my eletrical metal etcher
Gunner
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Reply to
Gunner
Making brushes for a motor.
Spot welding electrodes.
Reply to
Roger Shoaf
Making pencils. :)
I'm pretty sure what you have would be too hard for a good pencil, but it might write on concrete pretty well.
Reply to
Dave Lyon
How about making rocket motors. :)
Reply to
Dave Lyon
I bought three lots of graphite EDM blank electrodes (to be picked up today). Pictures of one lot are here (the cabinet is included)
http://69.20.5.106/2/x/lots/0000000214-%5B%5B000%5D%5D___.htm There are two more smaller lots.
I am not sure what the price (per lb) that I paid, since I do not yet know how many lbs is in the cabinet). It seems to be a pretty deep cabinet.
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Reply to
Ignoramus31599
Forget the graphite, I want the cabinets! :)
It looks like the holders may be the old 20 mm shank type. The bad news is that any shop that knows what they're doing do use those anymore. The good news is that I still do. :)
Reply to
Dave Lyon
Thanks, that's a very useful suggestion indeed!
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Ignoramus31599

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