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Old 04-23-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Last night I cut the top of my new keggle and noticed that I have several little barbs along the cut. What/ how are you guys cleaning up the rough edges? Drinking SS shards doesn’t sound so good.

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Old 04-23-2010, 11:56 AM   #2
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Depending on what you have available to you...
Grinder / file, then sand paper. You should get rid of the burr then the edge should be rounded.
I got a pretty clean cut on mine so it wasn't a whole lot of work but I worked the edges until I was confident I could rub my hand on the edge without a scratch.

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Never use a steel tool on SS, it promotes rust. An aluminum oxide grinding stone then a sanding sponge will do the job quite well.
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A Dremel with one of the sanding wheels worked very well for me.

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I used a dremel with a grinding wheel...worked great.
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highest grit flap disc you can find. something like this$y=0$x=0

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Originally Posted by kezgin View Post
highest grit flap disc you can find. something like this$y=0$x=0
Flap disc for me. I've used a deburring tool also, but the hardened steel used in those things might be a problem with SS (although I used it on every 3/4" hole I've drilled and have yet to have any rust).
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Old 04-24-2010, 12:44 AM   #8
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A file isn't that bad of an idea. The file is more hard then the SS is. It isn't going to leave behind much if anything to really worry about. Your not going to weld or heat up this area. A carbide would be a better choice, but not really the tool for the job. Plus, if you follow up with some sand paper for a final dressing on the should be good to go.

I like to use a flapper wheel. I have a couple different grits just for my SS. In this case, yes. Don't use a flapper on your SS that has been used on mild steel. I like a 120 grit flapper for the final pass.

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Old 04-24-2010, 03:38 AM   #9
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Carbide slitting cutter in the Bridgeport mill for perfect cuts needing a slight deburing job to break the sharp edges. Plan "B" fill the keg 90% with water and walk around the top with a Plasma cutter with a centering jig with a tight fit in the spear hole then dress.
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Old 04-24-2010, 04:54 AM   #10
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I used just a plain file and followed it up with some sand paper to smooth it out. You don't need special tools as everyone would have you think.

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