Making a draw plate?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-25-2012 01:08 AM 456 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2012 01:08 AM

Has anyone here ever made a draw plate for making pegs of a uniform diameter?

Where would I buy a suitable piece of steel (presumably 1/4” to 1/2” thick)?

Do I need a special drill bit to make the holes in the steel plate?

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#1 posted 08-25-2012 01:50 AM

Made one from 3/16” O-1 steel. A normal drill bit works fine but heat treat after drilling.

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#2 posted 08-25-2012 02:13 AM

Mine is 1/4” thick about 2” wide, and maybe 8” long. I asked a friend who welds for “something” about that size, and took what was offered. Drilled holes at the drill press in 1/32” intervals and put it to work. Larry’s is likely far better, but that’s understandable. Larry’s a lot smarter than me about metal, but mine has served for a few years now. If it quits working well, I’ll run a file over the ends of the holes to create a burr and be back in business.

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#3 posted 08-25-2012 03:02 AM

Mine is just a piece of1/4” steel plate( cold rolled). Drilled the holes with conventional drillbit in my drill press. Cutting oil will REALLY make the drilling much easier and keep the steel from getting hot enough to lose its temper.

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