The Hobby-machinist Die Filer

Ray C

Nov 16, 2012
I've never used real marking out fluid only red and blue wide tip permanent marker pens.
Unfortunately cutting fluids etc dissolve the inks.
Is the dykem impervious to this?
Yes Charles, I've never had a problem with them.

Billy G"

Dykem is good stuff. I got very lucky and got a 1 quart bottle of the red color on eBay for $20. Jumped on it like a duck on a June bug.


Downunder Bob

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May 16, 2016
Had a alook on Ebay yes Dykem is for sale at $20 a bottle but at $132 freight to downunder I'll pass, back to the marking pens. It would appear that no one in Aus sells Dykem products. There is a product called Dymark but they only have the traditional blue.


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I was late to the party, but am up to date on your cool build. Beautiful work sir.

george wilson

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Jul 26, 2011
Aluminum is a very soft metal. The table made from it will soon be loaded with embedded chips of steel,cast iron,or anything harder than aluminum. I know this from personal experience using aluminum over 60 years ago when I only had wood working machinery at home to cut the aluminum. I'd advise at least cover the aluminum with a steel sheet screwed to it. Cast iron would be even better,but it would be a rare find to discover a piece of it that would be suitable. Or pay like it is gold to buy a piece of it from a distributor !
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