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Forum topic by kmetzger posted 05-12-2014 12:38 PM 813 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2014 12:38 PM

I’m posting this question under woodturning because it’s about a stand for displaying turned pens. I just made a stand based on this one:

What I’m trying to figure out is how to get those nice shallow depressions on the lower section. I clamped the top and lower section together, drilled the holes through the top section with a 5/8” Forstner bit and left center indentations in the lower section. Then I used a small router cove bit on the drill press to make the indentations with very ragged results. Then I used a 1/2” metal drill bit, which gave me a slight improvement but the result still wasn’t good. I sanded the best I could but I still can’t get a good smooth cove. What technique would you recommend? Should I use a plunge router?

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 01:03 PM

I think you need the router bit to turn faster than what a drill press allows. Try a plunge router.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 11:59 PM

Look at a core box bit like one of these,46168,69435,46173&ap=1

Jesse’s suggestion for more speed is good.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 10:51 PM

Plunge router would be best.
However, I have gotten good results with router bits in a drill press by being sure the stock is clamped securely down to the table before starting.
If it isn’t clamped down good it will bounce all over the place, giving a very poor cut.


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#4 posted 05-28-2014 12:27 AM

Drill both at once, one on top of the other. Use the drill press depth stop. Basically the depression is a countersink. Use a regular drill bit, not a forstner or brad point. Drill all the way through the top piece and part way into the bottom. I’d use double sided tape to hold them together.

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 01:01 AM

Hairy, that’s exactly how I did it the first time. Next time, after drilling through the top piece and making an indent in the bottom piece with the drill bit, I’m going to use a plunge router with a cove bit. I’ll make a simple jig to hold the bottom piece, just cut a rectangular recess in a piece of plywood into which the bottom piece will fit snugly and flush with the plywood so that I’ll have plenty of surface for the router base.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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