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Forum topic by unclearthur posted 05-31-2017 03:06 AM 1234 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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unclearthur

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05-31-2017 03:06 AM

I was trying to make a fidget spinner for my daughter, and was going to use 3 hexagonal nuts as the peripheral weights. I thought I could drill holes slightly smaller than the nuts, and file the edges a little to make the nuts fit.

Due to a mixture of poor skills and lack of patience this was a disaster. Very time consuming and very sloppy results.

Any suggestions how to make a tight fitting hexagonal hole for nuts? Nuts are about 3/4” OD and 1/2” thick.

Thanks.


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jonah

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#1 posted 05-31-2017 03:40 AM

Wouldn’t it be easier to just use something round instead, like some washers?

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#2 posted 05-31-2017 04:06 AM

Several ways to drill a hexagonal hole… google is your friend.
Here is one such example.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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unclearthur

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#3 posted 05-31-2017 04:43 AM



Wouldn t it be easier to just use something round instead, like some washers?

- jonah


Definitely easier, but the nuts looked better.

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unclearthur

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#4 posted 05-31-2017 04:45 AM



Several ways to drill a hexagonal hole… google is your friend.
Here is one such example.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

That makes sense. Thanks for the link. Will be a challenge being so precise on the drill press with so many holes, but lots better than monkeying with a file., at least for me.

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bandit571

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#5 posted 05-31-2017 04:45 AM

Maybe use square nuts. Easier to chop a square hole

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#6 posted 05-31-2017 05:28 AM

Widen the holes you already have, insert the nuts and fill the gaps with epoxy

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#7 posted 05-31-2017 06:48 AM

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#8 posted 05-31-2017 05:48 PM

Roo Glue works well for bonding metal to wood. I used it to hold some nuts on a saddle fence I made.

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#9 posted 05-31-2017 05:57 PM

Drill your hole the same size as the width across the flat of the nuts. Heat the nuts up with a torch, get them good and hot. Not glowing but hot. Now insert and tap lightly with a hammer. The nut should “burn” a hex shaped hole. You may have to do it 2 or 3 times to get to full depth.

I’ve never done it with a nut or with anything as big as 3/4” but I’ve done this to insert wide tangs and square and hex shaped shanks into tool handles. It’s not hard and always gives a perfect fit. Usually don’t even need epoxy.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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