Lazy K's woodshop tips #1: Don't throw out broken drill bits!

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Blog entry by Lazy_K posted 10-25-2015 11:48 AM 1176 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had to Explain this to my wife the other day, then I realized I’ve never heard of anyone talking about this on the forums.

In a nutshell; Don’t throw out your broken drill bits. Especially the smaller ones.

Why? Have you ever made your own marking gauges? What are you using for the pin or cutter?
A nail will work….. but a sharpened bit of drill rod will work better!

My wood lathe copy device came with a crappy (soft) cutter. Which just happened to be shaped from 1/4” diameter rod, exactly, not almost 1/4”. In my broken bit’s there was a piece of 1/4” just long enough. some careful grinding and I was good to go.

So keep a little container to drop any stubs you end up with into. and when you need a little piece of good steel there it will be ready and waiting.

be well, count your finger

-- Kai SaerPren

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Don W

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#1 posted 10-25-2015 11:52 AM

This is why I don’t throw anything away. Someday I may use it. It drives my wife nuts! (another advantage)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 10-25-2015 01:04 PM


-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 10-25-2015 01:56 PM

you and me are the reason there is no ROOM for nice things Kai.

-- ~Kate - - Fiber is fiber be it wood or wool.

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#4 posted 10-25-2015 08:34 PM

I have probably a dozen pieces I have saved over the years, only problem is I don’t remember where they are

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#5 posted 10-26-2015 01:42 PM

Darn, and I just threw away a broken 1/8 bit a couple weeks ago! Thanks for the tip. I will remember this the next time.

-- Ed

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#6 posted 10-26-2015 02:02 PM

There is all kinds of scrap out there that you can use to make tools with including old or broken drill bits.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 06:00 PM

Great tip. I have a bad habit of saving everything including broken drill bits and then I forget I have them when I actually could use them or they get thrown away in cleaning rage.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-28-2015 04:23 AM

My wife say if I purchase any more wood, well you can visualize it.

Great idea on the drill bits

-- Norman

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#9 posted 10-28-2015 01:28 PM

NormG= make her something?

-- Kai SaerPren

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