Drill a Square Hole?

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Blog entry by Grumpy posted 08-31-2012 11:39 PM 2487 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have all seen a mortising machine poke a square hole out of wood but have a look at this for a metal cutter. I wonder if it could be used on wood?. Just a thought.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 12:37 AM

Looks to me as though it would work on wood, but you need the whole machine, not just the bit. I’m sure you saw this, but the chuck was spinning on two different axis.

Great idea though. I’m sure some American company must have done the same, dang chinese don’t give a hoot about a patent.

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 04:04 AM

I would think it would. The part would have to be very secure so as not to move from that off center cutting.
I’ll bet that is an expensive puppy!

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 07:08 AM

I’ve actually seen a couple of things made to make square holes in wood. They “Wobbled” as they worked. I say wobbled because it is the easiest way I can think of to describe the rotation. The wobble created the effect of making a square from a round bit. I wish I could remember what the name was, I was looking for a shop made mortising machine when I came across it.

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 11:10 AM

Each time I watch that clip Tony I wish that the slowmo would concentrate on the trajectory of the chuck not just the bit. Let’s face it, even if such a bit could be used in a standard drill press (which I’m certain it can’t) the cost compared to the conventional mortice bit would preclude it’s use by hobbyists.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 07:11 PM

interesting …

but as I remebered 30 years back we used a bit with the same shape as
the fish bisquite you use to connect two pieces of wood

I can be wrong on this since it so long time ago but I thought back then
it maybee cuold be used on wood too


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#6 posted 09-01-2012 10:57 PM

There is no reason why one couldn’t drill holes in wood like this, but I bet the fact that there is a supplementary good (the mortising machine/bit) makes this method of drilling a square hole foolishly cost prohibitive.
Larger scale bits that use the same planetary gearing system and Reuleaux triangle shaped bits have been used in mining for years and the rotary engine (Mazda’s RX motor) also uses the same planetary movement designed by Felix Wankel.

I found a patent on Google.

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 12:13 AM

I think those who mentioned the cost would be right. A very expensive looking item.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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