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Forum topic by TimberGal posted 03-04-2009 04:50 AM 1055 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2009 04:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: purpleheart end grain drilling

I am planning to make some pencil holders from 8/4 purple heart – hope to end up with a block approx. 6×6 x 2” with three 1” diameter holes drilled down about 4 inches into one end.

Wondering if I should attempt drilling into the end grain or go with the side grain? Was planning on using our benchtop drill press with a forstner bit but suggestions appreciated here too since I don’t have a 1” forstner.

My normal approach of trial and error won’t work with wood this nice!


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#1 posted 03-06-2009 10:34 PM

should not matter what side you drill into, as long as the drill bit is sharp. Suggestions? well, I would go and buy a 25mm or 1 inch forstner, they are expensive (at least here, like 30 euros), but once you have it, well you can always use it again, tools are always a good investment, in my opinion. Make sure when drilling you hold down the piece, with such a big bit it can catch so some sort of vise is very wise. I am not certain, but since purple heart is a tropical wood it would also be good to wear a mask, lots of tropical woods are carcinogeous, and it can be just all around uncomfortable to breath the dust. (by the way, oak and beach woods are temperate woods that will cause cancer as well if breathed in long enough).

hoped I was helpful


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#2 posted 03-06-2009 11:02 PM

Good advice Waldschrat. I would drill into the end grain and keep the side grain vertical just my preference. Lou

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#3 posted 03-07-2009 03:47 AM

Thanks Waldschrat and Loucarb!! I’ll pick up a good forstner and will try drilling the end grain.

For sure will be wearing a mask – I haven’t worked with any purpleheart so have been a little wary of it as I’d heard some folks even have a skin reaction to the dust.

Thanks again for the suggestions – will post my completed project someday if it turns out halfway nice!!

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