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Drill bit comes back to bite me!

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Blog entry by woodshaver posted 618 days ago 1274 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

4 years ago I built a deck out back. I had to pre-drill a few holes to keep the end of the boards from cracking when I put the screws to them. While drilling the holes using a counter sink bit I broke the drill bit in one of the boards, I just left it in there. Well like I said that was 4 years ago! So I frogot all about it. Well today I decided replace some bad deck boards. Some of the board were not that bad so decided to reuse them on another project. I inspected the boards and they look ok from what I “could see” The first board I sent though my planer is when that old drill bit showed up and put a nice chip in my newly sharpened plainer blades.

Well I thought I would just mention it here to give you all a heads up. I learned my lesson and I’m getting a metal detector!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!



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patron

12947 posts in 1927 days


#1 posted 618 days ago

i can see why it broke
old and rusty to boot lol

glad you weren’t hurt

that’s why many shops won’t plane or sand
customer woods

thanks for the reminder to pay attention
in the things we do

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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steve6678

438 posts in 646 days


#2 posted 618 days ago

No kidding huh, wow, good looking out for us that may tend to forget something like that too.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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woodshaver

2717 posts in 1939 days


#3 posted 618 days ago

Dave it was brand new when it broke!!!!
My wife was very upset over this. She said ” that cold of shot out an hurt you” !! I said I know I know!!!!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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patron

12947 posts in 1927 days


#4 posted 618 days ago

well bless her for that
she cares !

i broke when i was new too
still am

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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David Craig

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#5 posted 618 days ago

“Santa? Can I have a new planer?”
“New planer? No way, you’ll shoot your eye out kid…”

Thank you for the reminder of salvaged wood. I use a metal detector all the time. One day I got some positive signals. Then I realized, I had the board lying on an old metal door…

We all have our moments.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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woodshaver

2717 posts in 1939 days


#6 posted 618 days ago

I told my wife “that’s why I never stand behind the planer or the table saw” when I’m using them!
Something I always keep telling her when she comes out to the shop.
She’s so sweet!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Rick

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#7 posted 618 days ago

If you want to try something other than a Metal Detector.

I made my own “Stud Finder” using Rare Earth Magnets. Just a piece of 1×2 Pine, about 3” long.

2 of the larger Magnets AND also the Cups that they fit in. Put the the Cups in flush. They Double the strength of the Magnets.

Those things are so strong you can put one on each side of your Wrist and they’ll stay there. As a test I put 2 pieces of 2×4 together (about 3+ inches) drove a 2” Nail FLAT to one side. Ran it over from the other side …ZAP! No problem at all.

Run it across ANY thickness Board and it’ll stop dead in it’s tracks if it locates anything Metal.

I got a bunch of different sizes from Lee Valley. I also put then on the side of every Machine I have to hold Chuck Keys. Allen Wrenches, Wrenches for my Table Saw etc.

Maybe I gota Pic in here and prices.

NOPE. I’ll post this and grab the Link from Lee Valley.

EDIT LINK is here: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=42348&cat=1,42363

I alo did a Screen Capture to give you an idea of how well, and how strong theses things are (Below)

I also Flagged the SPAM below me that snuck in while I was gone. This CRAP will never stop on here!!!

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Good Luck!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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David Craig

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#8 posted 618 days ago

Great idea Rick, but the only problem is that not all metals are magnetic. Very clever though and I will give you kudoes for that.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Rick

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#9 posted 618 days ago

David:

That’s easily solved! Buy Non Magnetic Magnets!! ...LOL….

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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David Craig

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#10 posted 618 days ago

I will keep that one in mind Rick :) Maybe we can go with a divining rod and go dowsing for lead :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Sandra

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#11 posted 618 days ago

Great reminder. I have half of a drill bit in the upper beam of the swing set in the back yard. Forgot all about it until I read this post. I think I’ll go out today with a Sharpie and write something on the back of the beam.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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woodshaver

2717 posts in 1939 days


#12 posted 618 days ago

Rick,
Funny thing is I do have a bunch of those rare earth magnets! The drill bit was in the endgrain sitting at an angle and from the looks of the board there was no evidence except for a little hole that look like a nail hole. My wife said “you should check that” and I said it’s just a nail hole. She was right and I do know better, she was just concerned for my safety, It was a Bad call on my part. One thing I did right is send the board into the planer one the side and not down the middle.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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woodshaver

2717 posts in 1939 days


#13 posted 618 days ago

Rick,
Thanks for the Lee Valley link!! I Never saw Spherical and Hemispherical Magnets before!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Roger

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#14 posted 618 days ago

That’s a bummer. Glad you didn’t get hurt. Hopefully, your planer blade can be resharpened or easily replaced.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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woodshaver

2717 posts in 1939 days


#15 posted 618 days ago

Roger,
The blades are very easy to replace in this Ridgid planer (drop in’s no settings) $20 at HD’s . And the good thing is, they are reversible.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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