|Forum topic by lilliputianfrivolity||posted 07-29-2009 06:13 AM||3590 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
07-29-2009 06:13 AM
I just started reading “The Workbench Book” by Scott Landis and on page 38 there is an excerpt from a Shaker Elder’s diary – ”...jan 15 worked out the big hole for the screw & bored the 4 holes for bolts & burned them out with a hot iron.” Now in this instance the boring is done and then the “burning” occurs, but I have previously heard of burning a hole without boring a hole first. I can’t recall exactly where I read this but I do remember it pertained to making a pipe. This passage really irked me though, because it reminded me of when I searched through the internet for an explanation on “burning a hole” but found none. I ended up using a complex jig, breaking the drill bit, buying a new one, breaking the pipe, making a new one and making my own gimlet to the length and thickness I couldn’t buy.
Regardless, how does one burn a hole in wood?
And just for curiosity’s sake, why did the Shaker Elder burn out the holes? They were for a vise or bench hook on a shaker style workbench. I am guessing it either added strength, decreased friction, or it was an easy way to enlarge the hole to an exact diameter.
Please placate my frustration friends.