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A while back there was some discussion about making a drill longer than currently available. I made this one 40 years ago. I had never seen a wood tip on a drill in any store I had ever been in. Not sure if there were any WW specialty stores or not. Never thought about it. Lumber yards and hardware stores were my world.

It is a 3/8 inch x 12 drill bit. I held it in a vise on a drill press to drill a ¼” hole in the end. I used a 5” piece of ¼” drill rod for the extension. Soft solder was used for the joint.

To get the wood boring tip that would run true in curly maple, I hand ground it on the corner of a grinding wheel.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence





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JAGWAH

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#1 posted 1577 days ago

As PBS”S RED GREEN would say,”If women don’t find ya handsome they at least should find ya handy,” Very handy bit.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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degoose

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#2 posted 1577 days ago

But can it make coffee…?

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 1577 days ago

Wow! I’m impressed!

(Larry, I’ll take mine black)

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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freidasdad

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#4 posted 1577 days ago

I agree, very impressive.
Is Red Green still around?

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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JAGWAH

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#5 posted 1577 days ago

Nope, only reruns on PBS

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1577 days ago

Pretty tricky Bob
and the other Bob you could start your own Jagwah show.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 1577 days ago

Good job, and it’s past the test of time. You were the first McGyver :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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studie

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#8 posted 1577 days ago

You made this when you were 5 years old? Man that is amazing! Curly maple was just invented & mountains of king crab were discovered in Alaska that year. I should know, I wrote the Bible! ;)

-- $tudie

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 1577 days ago

WEll, Davy Crockett killed bear when he was only 3!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 1577 days ago

Long and boring. LOL.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Knothead62

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#11 posted 1576 days ago

Nifty idea.

BTW, Davy was actually 5 when he kilt his first b’ar. They used three to make the song rhyme.

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JAGWAH

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#12 posted 1576 days ago

Studie~ On that Bible written thing where you wrote the part where the wife must obey the man, would it have killed you to have put in the word…silently!? Sheesh! Clearly you needed an editor. What was that, first draft?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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PurpLev

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#13 posted 1576 days ago

cool. working as an electric contractor we used long drill bits all the time, from 12” to 8’ long (yes, thats 8 foot). they can be found in electric specialty stores (usually for contractors only). they are used mostly for remodeling jobs to drill in the walls and pass cables between floors without having to break open the walls. however, I’ve never seen a brad point on those they are all twisted ends – great job on the hand shaping of it!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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jayjay

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#14 posted 1576 days ago

Nice looking bit. I use similar tools here at the shop I work at. The point that you have ground on that, we call them sheet metal points. They are similar to a brad point, but work much better IMO. They work especially well in aluminum or any other soft metal, because they stay on center, the holes stay round, and if properly ground, the size is consistently spot on.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1576 days ago

BAck when I made that, all the long drills we have today weren’t available in the wholesale houses.

When I first learned about that drill point, I ground a few to use on sheet metal, they do work great especially when yoiu have to have the hole precisely placed.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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