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mjlauro

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2392 days ago

I would like to make some replacement plane totes for a couple of junkers. I have been able to make the tote , but run into major problems when I start to drill. which include a wandering bit, off center holes and of course a broken tote. Questions, comments, solutions are welcome. Thanks


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ThreeJs

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#1 posted 2391 days ago

Drill the hole before you shape the tote? Dunno, never done it, but it would make sense.

-- David, Charlotte NC (http://beechcreeknaturals.etsy.com)

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mjlauro

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#2 posted 2391 days ago

You know ThreeJs I actually thought about that , just wasn’t sure if it would work. I’ve got time to kill this afternoon. Maybe I’ll give that a s shot.

francisco.. Love your bench I got to get over there a post a comment.

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Don Niermann

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#3 posted 2391 days ago

You should be using a brad point drill. If you are forcing the drill it will wander. Go easy.

-- WOOD/DON (...one has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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Greg Salata

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#4 posted 2391 days ago

Definitely easier to drill the hole first~

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jcees

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#5 posted 2390 days ago

Ditto on the hole first. Eliminates the whole headache of wandering bits. Use the skinny bit first then use the hole to center up the counterbore. Good luck.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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bern92

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#6 posted 1912 days ago

Mjlauro, here is a link for printable handle templates and a router bit…....hope it’s not to late…...
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=56664&cat=1,46168,46175&ap=1

http://www.leevalley.com/shopping/TechInfo.aspx?p=63263

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 1912 days ago

drill hole first – this way you know exactly where that 90 degree is, and don’t need to second guess.

bern92- thanks for the links – those templates might come in handy … I always seem to find new stuff on LV website

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Julian

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#8 posted 1912 days ago

I drilled the hole in mine after it was cut and shaped. I made a small jig to hold the tote at the correct angle while I drilled it with regular drill bits using a drillpress. It was fairly simple and the results speak for themselves. I’m not saying this was the best way to do it, but it worked fine for me.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#9 posted 1912 days ago

Those templates Lee Valley released are nice, they co-inside with the tote router bit that they made.

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mjlauro

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#10 posted 1912 days ago

Outstanding stuff guys, I really appreciate it. I shelved this project. But now Im psyched to get started .

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Shopsmithtom

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#11 posted 1911 days ago

I drilled a hole after I rough cut the tote & it worked, but if I make another, I think I’ll not mess with the correct angle, I’ll just bore a hole on the drill press at the standard 90deg & draw the tote shape around the hole & then cut & finish.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#12 posted 1911 days ago

HMMMM

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Francisco Luna

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#13 posted 1911 days ago

Jim, post #3717, very insightful!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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TheWingDoctor

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#14 posted 1910 days ago

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.

Bruce

-- Bruce - Fav. Quote "A man's got to know his limitations." Dirty Harry Calahan

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#15 posted 1910 days ago

Sorry whats a tote I cant help thinking it’s not a plane handle is it?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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