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Posted on How do you bore a hole for a plane tote?

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 09:16 PM

The way I used to drill holes in shotgun stock blanks will work for this, or any angled hole. Adjust your drill press table with the bit in the chuck to have enough room under the drill for the blank plus an inch or so. Use a brad point drill also. Make a 1/2” plywood plate with a screw point protruding up through the plywood a 1/2” or so. Align the screw to be directly under the center of the bit. Run the bit down if the quill travel is long enough to ensure alignment. Clamp the plywood to the table so it will not move and lock the table firmly. Mark the entrance and exit locations on the blank you want to drill and center punch lightly. Use a slow speed on the drill press. Put the bottom center punch over the screw tip and align the bit point with the top punch mark. You may want to put a clamp on the wood block if it is small to give you a larger piece to hold on to. Start the drill and slowly bore into the top of the blank. Back the drill out frequently to clear the chips and to prevent the bit from grabbing. Drill as deep as the bit and quill travel will allow but not all the way through. Before allowing the bit to exit the bottom of the blank, and hitting the screw, turn the blank over and insert a dowel sized to fit the hole you just drilled with a punch mark in the center of the dowel. Set the punched dowel over the screw and start drilling again on the end that is undrilled and the holes will meet perfectly.


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