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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 03-20-2014 09:42 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2014 09:42 PM

I need some 3/64” holes – could go “all the way up to” 1/16” if I had to.

I don’t have a drill press. I do have a cordless drill plus the original cordless drill – a Millers Falls egg beater.

How on earth do I chuck up something that small?


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#1 posted 03-20-2014 09:50 PM

If you can’t chuck it as is then add a Dremel collet.

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 09:50 PM

Harvey—Do you have a Dremel? I use my Dremel to drill tiny holes for scroll saw blades.

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 09:53 PM

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#4 posted 03-20-2014 09:59 PM

Yankee Brace. LOL

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 10:06 PM

Don’t have a Dremel, but are you saying but the bit in a Dremel collet then put the Dremel collet in my regular drill?

Wayne, I have no idea what I’m looking at in that photo!

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#6 posted 03-20-2014 10:07 PM

A cordless drill should be up to the job, I’d be careful as I’ve broken more than my share of small diameter drill bits using a hand held drill. If you’re having trouble with the chuck jaws engaging the drill shank, you could wrap a small bit of tape around the shank. The precision with which the hole can be drilled will be somewhat compromised, as will how much torque and force you can apply.

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#7 posted 03-20-2014 10:08 PM

It is a bit brace. I was trying to be funny. :)

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#8 posted 03-20-2014 10:15 PM

A dremel is a good suggestion or you could use something like this…

http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-4-Inch-Keyless-Chuck-Conversion/dp/B007TCHKXW/ref=pd_sim_hi_7?ie=UTF8&refRID=15CBNR3S90ZEEJ3H5RJS

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#9 posted 03-20-2014 10:32 PM

Very tiny bits need a lot of speed.
The Dremel is a good choice for this type drilling.
So would a Foredom be good, but much more spendy.
If you do try it with a regular drill use the highest speed you have, and a very light touch.

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#10 posted 03-20-2014 10:47 PM

How small is the smallest InstyBit countersink? Maybe you could chuck your bit in that holder.

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#11 posted 03-20-2014 10:57 PM

If you have a 23 gauge nail gun lower the air presser and shoot a 22 gauge nail were you want the hole and then pull the nail out.You will have to experiment with the air presser to get it just right so you don’t sink the 22 gaugenail to deep, practice on a scrap because 22 gauge nails break easily .

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#12 posted 03-20-2014 11:13 PM

Several places sell small bit sizes with a 1/4” shank like the driver bits. Welding shops sell tip cleaning drills with similar enlarged shanks for cleaning cutting torches.

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#13 posted 03-21-2014 02:05 AM

I actually had the opposite problem with tiny drill bits in that I do have a drill press, but it’s chuck is huge so grabbing tiny bits straight is problematic. Lee Valley to the rescue with one of their little toys. Every so often they put little pair of chucks on sale. They are not expensive at all. One end is 1/4” shank so will fit in any drill or drill press. Attached to that shank is a little chuck that does a excellent job with the small bits.

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#14 posted 03-21-2014 02:07 AM


1/32” drill bit shown

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#15 posted 03-21-2014 02:09 AM

Whiskers, I looked for the LV chucks earlier and did not see them. Do you know if they still carry them?

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