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Forum topic by swordfish posted 07-16-2012 05:49 PM 2275 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2012 05:49 PM

Does anyone know how to drill a hole through a log 4’- 5’ long. I’m trying to make a floor lamp but for the life of me, i can’t figure out how to drill the hole all the way through a log, especially if there is a twist or turn along the way. Is there a special tool that i need?

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 06:50 PM

I have acomplished this task by sawing the piece in half and then routing a 1/2” wide dado 1/4” deep in each half. When you glue them back together you have a 1/2” by 1/2” hole to pull your wires through. I don’t know if this would work in your case or not.

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 07:03 PM

Thanks. It’s been driving me nuts trying to figure out how manufactures of floor lamps get the wire all the way through, especially when dealing with Twisted Juniper. I have made several table lamps using an 18” bit, from driftwood, Walnut and cedar but i would love to learn how to make a floor lamp and not have the wire showing or a cut seam.

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 12:47 AM

I have a 36” long 1/2” drill bit, could be used from both sides to get to 5’. But that is for straight stock, not sure how to do it with curvy stock. There was a project on here where the guy made a curvy lamp, but never revealed how he did it.

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 01:17 AM

I have done something like this… used a 16” long drill bit and then dug back in with an extender on it.. and then attacked in the same pattern from the other side.. and then poked around until I met in the middle. It’s not pretty, but you can’t tell.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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