|Project by shipwright||posted 11-16-2014 12:23 AM||4384 views||17 times favorited||36 comments|
In order to start inside cuts in packet cut marquetry it is essential to be able to drill the smallest hole possible and to drill it exactly square to the packet face. This can be quite easily done with a good drill press and that is what I have been using up to now. At home in Canada I have a large Delta floor model and here in Az I have my ShopSmith which is an excellent drill press.
However, I want a small one to keep in the marquetry shop and that doesn’t require dragging the ShopSmith out of its cabinet and setting it up in DP mode just to drill a couple of holes so small you can’t see them. Yesterday I was on the verge of buying a small HF benchtop drill press but thought I’d ask for opinions and ideas from the community here first.
There was a good conversation and several suggestions that eventually led to me designing my own. I had a look at what I already had and made this up for free in less time than it would have taken me to go into Tucson to buy something. ......... and this little guy is perfect. Smooth as glass with just enough friction to not drop on the fragile #74 bit. It is based on a carving tool from HF and comes with a variable speed foot control.
It is dead accurate,takes up way less space than a drill press would have, and can install holes deep into large packets unrestricted by the drill centreline to column distance that limits small drill presses.
The last photo shows the 1” cypher discs I made with it. You chevalet guys will know that without really accurate, square holes, you just dont get all four of these with no sign of where the holes were.
I’m THRILLED !!
Thanks for looking
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/