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Drilling Tall Without The Wobble...  

Saturday, August 01st  2009


I recently made a Split Turned Vase on the lathe and it required a precisely drilled hole in the top of it. Because the vase is hollow I had to use a Forstner bit to eliminate splintering when drilling. This meant the tall vase (Figure 1) had to remain rock solid steady and secure when drilling.  Time for another jig...


vase on drill press   circle cutter in action   vase holder

Figure 1                                                                 Figure 2                                                                 Figure 3


In any drilling operation it is best to have the support closest to the region being drilled. Given that, I decided the easiest way to accomplish this would be to drill a  hole in a wide piece of scrap wood in which the diameter is slightly larger then the outside diameter of the top of the vase. This is accomplished using a circle cutter (a.k.a. knuckle buster for obvious reasons) at a very slow speed (Figure 2). Once the hole was drilled I chamfered the edges (Figure 3) for a more secure fit on top of the vase.


vase clamped to drill press table   boring hole in top of vase

Figure 4                                                                 Figure 5


The jig was placed over the top of the vase and held securely to the drill press table with 2 Bessey bar clamps (Figure 4). Now comes the easy part; drilling the hole safely and without any wobble (Figure 5).  All-in-all, about 45-60 minutes to setup and prepare to drill a hole and about 30 seconds to actually drill it, but that's the way it goes when you strive for perfection...


If you have any questions or comments about this blog entry please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Thanks and be safe when working with tools!!!





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Robert Burgoyne, also known as "Burgie", has been doing woodworking for nearly 30 years. He started learning at an early age in his grandfather's garage and continued while working with his father in construction. The hobby has now become a business with Creative Landscape Accents. Burgie builds  high quality woodworking projects for the outdoors and also enjoys making decorative accent pieces for inside the house. While not working in his shop doing woodworking Burgie enjoys computers, restoring his old 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck and riding his Harley-Davidson Road King throughout beautiful Colorado.



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