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MapleHead

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177 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: drill bit question

I need to inlay some tiny clay markers into my guitar’s fretboard. The markers are small circles that are a 1/4” wide by .060” thick. What is the best drill bit to produce the tiny holes these will lay in? I’ll be using a drill press.

My concern with typical forester and brad point bits is that the points are too long and will drill into the truss rod cavity.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.


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crank49

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#1 posted 177 days ago

You need a hole that is 1/4” dia by .060” deep, if I understand correctly?

I would be doing that with a router mounted in a special jig to hold everything fixed laterally.
Or with an end mill mounted in the drill press. Or a mill if you have access to one.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Slemi

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#2 posted 177 days ago

If the area You are working on is flat, You can take router and some flat stock. Cut out some large hole and use router with guide to “drill” out the hole with router.

Sorry my native language is not english so I don’t know the exact terminology for tools.

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MapleHead

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#3 posted 177 days ago

Thanks Crank. The router version I might use on the next neck, but the current one would be too difficult.
Those end mill bits look pretty good. Now, do they come in 1/4”?

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Texcaster

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#4 posted 177 days ago

I use brad points. Fret markers, side dots, frets & and binding all fitted before gluing fb to the neck. I do final shaping of the neck after gluing on the fb. Clay dots have the best tone…....that’s what they say. ( smiley )

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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MapleHead

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#5 posted 177 days ago

Hi Tex

Do you use brad points for the side markers as well?

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Texcaster

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#6 posted 177 days ago

For side dots, just small bits. Hobby stores are a cheap emergency source for side dots.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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darthford

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#7 posted 176 days ago

Suggest you discover center cutting end mills also three flute drill bits both from the metal machining world. They can be razor sharp be careful.

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