Handy tip for a drill depth stop

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Forum topic by CiscoKid posted 11-06-2010 09:06 PM 3518 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2010 09:06 PM

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I needed a drill bit collar for a 9/32” drill bit to keep me from drilling too deeply in a project. I once bought a four piece set of these collars but 9/32” was not one of the sizes included. What to do? Ah ha! You know those fat little rubber bands that are used for banding calves? Worked like a charm. I actually like these better because I don’t have to worry about the setscrew marring my drill bit. Hope this helps someone.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 09:36 PM

Masking tape can work well, too, as long as one is careful.

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 12:24 AM

True. And I suppose one doesn’t have to worry about the end of the drill bit falling off if you leave it on too long. ; )

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 02:00 AM

Great Idea..

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 02:04 AM

At one time I had some plastic tubing from an IV bag that I took home with me after being discharged from the hospital following an operation. I had no idea why I took it, but I thought I would need it some day. Turns out, the tubing worked great for this purpose on smaller drill bits.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 01:31 PM

Another trick is to drill through a small block, and expose only the depth needed. Gotta fiddle with it a little but, you can save it, and others, and reuse them. I have 8 or 10 in a little clear plastic bottle next to my drill bits. All marked with a magic marker.
And Ralph, “careful” is the operative word. After two, even one, hole my tape is shot!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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