Pimp My Cutting Fluid Pot

oil pot

Think about the simple tools you use every day. From writing implements to wire spoolers, there is arguably nothing that deserves to be hot rodded more than the things you depend on and might even take for granted.

For mad machinist [Chris], one of those everyday tools is his cutting fluid pot. Of course he already had one. A heavy one. A manly one. But it wasn’t completely ideal, and it wasn’t plated with gold that he prospected, refined, and processed himself. More on that in a minute.

[Chris] had obtained some neodymium ring magnets a while back. He was playing around with them in his shop when he noticed that his cutting fluid applicator brush fit nicely through the center and, being metal, was contained nicely through the wonders of magnetism. It was then that he decided to build a cutting fluid pot that would keep his brush in place and remain upright. Better living through magnetism.

He drilled and chamfered the brush hole out of a #20 JIC hydraulic cap and used the matching plug for the base. In case your catalog is out of reach, those are a 1¼” pair. [Chris] bored tiny pockets in the base for tiny magnets. After bathing both parts in delicious brake cleaner, he adhered all the magnets with LOCTITE®.

Okay, so, he’s done, right? No. Of course not. It did not surprise us to learn that [Chris] is also a miner, and not the 8-bit kind that hates creepers. Over the last two years, he prospected, refined, and other gold-related verbs using equipment he made himself. Just make the jump and watch the video before we give it all away. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be compelled to watch his other videos.


16 thoughts on “Pimp My Cutting Fluid Pot

  1. Neat. What’s wrong with simply tossing a magnet into a plastic cup filled with oil? Makes it easy to move around but hard to spill. Less likely to become a hazard too.

      1. Who cares if it fills with chips? Your work zone is going to be filled with chips anyways. In the video the guy is brushing a bit that is, you guessed it, covered in chips! Making chips is the nature of machining.

    1. Metal chips are such an unavoidable aspect of machining metal that I do not worry about them so much except in setups where they can throw things off. Then I wipe them off. I still worry if I might have missed one though.

      The project I completed last night came out pretty good. I still need to take it apart one more time and shape the handle somewhat. Overall I like how it works already though.


      I made a speed spring loaded split stop nut for my milling machine. Say that three times fast!

  2. [Chris]/Arduinoversusevil is one of the most entertaining “how to” YouTubers out there – his methods may not always be orthodox, but his “close enough for the girls I date” attitude is a boost for those of us who get bogged in details.

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