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Forum topic by CapnChkn posted 12-07-2011 05:31 AM 1176 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2011 05:31 AM

I’ve had this tool for around 15 years and have never satisfactorily used it. It’s used for drilling long straight holes, in the case of what I want to use it for, making flutes.

I’ve tried putting it in a brace, and it works badly. The brace doesn’t hold the end well enough to keep it straight.

How the heck am I supposed to use this?

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#1 posted 12-07-2011 05:39 AM

It appears to be pretty rusty, that will make it hard to properly grip in the chuck and really dull the cutting edges. It looks like a pretty crude drill bit, is there something particular to drilling flutes that this is the best tool? I was drifting through HD a while ago and they have really long small bore drill bits, you may want to check these out?

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 06:24 AM

They are usually used on a lathe. You put it through the tailstock. They make a special hollow center that it fits through. That one looks pretty rough but should work ok. They are also called lamp augers.

The idea is that the cut from the end and the hollow will catch the chips. You take them out often to empty the chips so it doesn’t jam.

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