Polishing the plates/ solder/brazing

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rbalsan1rbalsan1 11/12/2018 at 17:300 Comments

I have been spending what feels like way too much time preparing the vacuum plates.

  Overnight in vinegar did remove all of the mill scale.  

I do not have a lathe though so I could not do faceing to get a good sealing surface.  Instead I used a drill press and a bearing and a hole saw to turn it while i sanded with an angle grinder.  The results were quite nice and cleared out most of the divots.  I have to go back with finer paper to finish gleaning everything up before cutting the holes for my KF40 flanges.

I now am starting to worry about brazing compounds to allow modest baking of the camber to get a nice base pressure.  I am considering using 95/5 tin silver solder do to the steel stainless compatibility.  I am worried that the joint won't be strong enough.  I have been looking at brazing alloys, but I cannot find anything without zinc.  

Anyway I've got plenty of steel left I'll try the solder and see how it holds up.