Machinist's Gold Plated Oil Can




This is a must have tool for drilling in steel. You could just use an old bean can, but after you've spilled cutting oil everywhere, you'll see there's a better way...


Step 1: Watch the Build!

*Behold!* The must-have ultra luxurious, bleeding edge techno gadget for the more-money-than-brains-Louis-Vuiton gearhead crowd. Ultra exclusive offering; population: You.

I'll show you how I drilled, milled, glued, acid etched, copper and gold electroplated this one of a kind drill press oilcan. It's a real handy tool to have around the shop.

Heavy gold plated steel with magnetic base and brush retainer, ensures it won't spill during heavy cuts. The high performance, stinking-rich-grade gold electroplating ensures instant heat transfer to eliminate heat build up in high performance cutting fluids.

Step 2: Drill and Mill the -20 JIC Hydraulic Plug & Cap

Watch the vid for tips on installing a high strength magnet.

Step 3: Make the Copper Plating Solution

There is a great and simple instructable by A_Steingrube. Basically, use vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to disolve a copper scrub bud. Behold the majestic blue liquid!

Step 4: Gold Plating Magic

Same process as copper plating. Cleaning and prep is critical.

Watch the vid!

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    16 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Oops it actually HAuCl4.


    2 years ago

    I am doing something similar with gold chloride in HCl. (Hydrochloric acid) and Hydrogen peroxide. Gold plating over copper and stainless steel as long as it is polished first to allow a better contact with the metal. Then electrolysis where gold acid solution is diluted by half and two copper strips are made. The negative strip has copper pipes that I plan to coat gold onto with electricity. The yellow color may be gold chloride or gold chloride acid. (AuHCl3).

    Here are some pictures.


    3 years ago

    I still dont get half the technical stuff your talking about but good freaking god you are the most well spoken fun guy on YouTube!!!


    4 years ago

    Hey what is that circuit board called. The one the plugs in to a power supply and where did you find it. By the way totally kool totally overkill project!!! Wish I had gold. Just have done copper my self.

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    I learned a little trick to save some money on those expensive fuses for yer Fluke. Back in my mechanic'n days, I was taught that the fuses for those meters are "slow blow" fuses. So, you toss a fuse holder on the positive probe lead with 10A fast blow fuse in it. Now, when you pull a boner and test outside the range or the like, you only lose 10 cents instead of $50.

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    Nabby79 Nexus of Crisis

    Reply 4 years ago

    All good to add a fuse to save your 'slow blow' fuse, don't replace it with a cheap one though. The internal fuse is a HRC fuse, High Rupture Capacity or similar, it has many small fuse wires embedded in silica type grains. If and when an arc condition may be present across the leads the mini arcs created by the many tiny fuse wires turns the silica into glass and thus creates a great insulated gap, cutting the dangerous flow of electricity. Just for info, someone was talking about it one day and I listened.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I don't know about gold plating but I'd like to chrome plate some of my tools. Stuff rusts up pretty good here.

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    Hexavalent chrome is really bad for you. And I'm not sure how to make a plating solution from scratch (no luck yet...)

    Meh, I used to hard chrome plate printing press dies. I'm still standing. We had 55 gallon drums of chrome flakes we used. It was nothing compared to the heat treating oven we used. That was bad for you!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    u can get gold flake model paint. 1/4 oz size jars. refine the gold out those. it'ill be a lower grade but same effect.


    great idea! I wish I worked with metal more.. I would make one. I've had one of those fittings in my toolbox for years... Never knew what it was till your video.