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runswithscissors

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#1 posted 616 days ago

Here’s a way to make your own: Start with a spade bit that has a diameter same as the diameter of the wheel you want. With a rat tail or chainsaw file, file a hollow on each side of the point (the point doesn’t need to be narrowed). With your file, bring the half-hollow out to the edge, thereby forming a spur. Drill (best with a drillpress) half way through.If the the point doesn’t show on the other face (meaning your stock is thick) finish the center hole with a small diameter bit. Turn board over and finish from other side. You could clamp a scrap board to the backside to keep your drill from skating around when you break through. Incidentally, the spurs make the spade bit much more efficient for ordinary drilling, and they drill a rounder hole, almost as clean as a forstner. Of course you’ll be limited in the size of wheel you can make. I think I have seen 1 1/2” spade bits (?) I’ve been reshaping spade bit this way for decades. Takes about 5 minutes to make one, about 1 minute to resharpen. I like to keep the spurs sharp, and always tilt the file a little to give the cutting edge a relief angle. This is like the rosette idea mentioned previously, but on a smaller scale. They will look a lot like the ones pictured in johnstoneb’s link.


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