It's official...I suck at boring straight holes with a brace!

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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 02-29-2012 05:50 AM 950 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-29-2012 05:50 AM

I decided to do just a little work on the workbench tonight and go ahead and drill some dog holes. I suck at making perpendicular holes! All if my holes are slightly angled towards the middle of bench, or the holes start close to me at the front of the bench and then angle down and away from me. The dogs will work, they will just be on a slight angle. Just ticks me off because no matter how much I think I’m straight I’m not. Am I using too much pressure or something?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 06:06 AM

you live near a vortex of unparreled power to draw the bit off plumb….probably a huge vein of precious metal in your yard.

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 06:16 AM

No worries Greg…..this happens…..take your time drilling…set up a square next to your brace but far enough away for your drilling moves…..and use that for reference….it will improve…it sure happens! Your doing great keep at it!. Also if its a fairly long bore….make sure you go till you feel the bit just pop the bottom side….then….flip the work and use that hole to bore the rest thru. Good luck you will get it!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 09:33 PM

Putting your forehead on the brace helps with your sense of plumb.

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#4 posted 02-29-2012 09:41 PM

Good tip jjw5858! Some folks use 2 or 3 squares to help make the brace drill plumb.
You’ll make it right Greg.

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#5 posted 02-29-2012 10:11 PM

I’ve done the same thing using the square and it helps. Using several makes even more sense. I remember once seeing a brace with a bubble level on top but it is not a common addition.
I have 2 braces and they are more decorations than in past years. You gotta practice.

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