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Drilling a hole in a "not so straight" cylinder (aka - lathe handle)

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Drilling a hole in a "not so straight" cylinder (aka - lathe handle)
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Ok, so I’m making another carbide cutting tool. I start with about 14.5” of the walnut branch that was given to me. But as I start taking the bark off I realize that the bark is much thicker on one side than the other. There is also evidence that some bugs were in it at one time, so I’ll be doing the old “super glue and sawdust” filler trick.
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Once I get it turned and sanded to almost finished I realize this one will be my longest handle yet so it’s probably gonna be a bit “wobbly” when I try to use the drill press to drill out the end.
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The other handles I made before this one I just gripped the base with my hand as tight as I could, but when I started drilling this one I noticed that because it was more wobbly than the others, the spade bit was traveling to one side. Hmmm, what to do? What to do?

I tried several ways to brace it at the bottom but because of the length I wasn’t having any luck. So it dawned on me that what I really needed to do was figure out a way to support the top from wobbling as I drilled. As I wandered around my shop I spied a box of ratchet straps and here’s what I came up with. Using a piece of scrap maple I drilled a hole just barely bigger than the end of the handle. Then I ran the ratchet strap down under the drillpress table and cinched it up tight. Worked like a charm.
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Ta DAAA! A nice straight hole drilled deep enough to accept the shaft that I’ll be finishing first of the week. I’ll keep this handy-dandy jig for the next handle I make. I’ll post the finished tool when it’s done.

Thanks for looking !

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Jerry

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 09:05 PM

Funniest looking motorcycle I’ve ever seen :p… Really, Very Clever Joe!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 09:18 PM

Thats very good thinking and worthy of remembering!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 11:51 PM

That’s pretty innovative. I know nothing of lathes but I thought you could use a lathe to bore centered holes in stock like that?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-30-2015 11:53 PM

Thinking outside the box….I like it!!!! Nice one Joe

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 05-31-2015 04:02 AM

I will have to keep this in mind when I’m unable to do it on the lathe. That’s thinking Joe.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 05-31-2015 04:50 AM

That got the job done and kept your hands safe. Gives me the willies to see folks in videos hand holding things on the drill press! Thanks for sharing, Joe. (and what Andy said about the lathe being able to do that)

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 05-31-2015 12:52 PM

Thanks folks.
Yes, you can do it on a lathe, but I dont have a drill chuck for my lathe yet. And I’m not sure if the chuck from the drill press will fit the taper on the lathe.

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#8 posted 05-31-2015 02:40 PM

Hey Joe, just a thought. Harbor freight has a lathe drill chuck for the MT2 taper for 14.99. I bought one 4 years ago while browsing through the store and it has served me well. I use it quite a bit now. 20% off will make it 12.00. Pretty good deal. Check it out. Item # 42340.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 05-31-2015 06:18 PM

Thanks Dave. We may be going to Macon this week. (Closest HF to me) I’ll check it out then.

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