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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Drilling Like A Pansy





Yes, I wimped out, and left the brace and bit alone for this. Heck, I even left alone my 1/2" DeWalt and auger bit (which is one of the incredible Japanese Owl bits from Traditional Woodworker.) I couldn't resist using one of my favorite machines, the restored 1970's Powermatic 20" drill press. The bit is one of the Colt Maxi-Cuts with extender.

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  1. Jameel,
    What is the thickness of the top on your bench? (the French Roubo)

    Rusty

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  2. You know you have a big bench when it's easier to take the drill press to the workbench, instead of the other way around.

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  3. Having drilled one inch dog holes in my 5 1/2" thick french oak bench top with a brace and bit, I like your way better.

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  4. What is the spray can for?
    Thanks, rob

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    1. It's Top Cote lubricant. I use it to reduce vibration in the deep holes.

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  5. Mr. Schwarz said that he used the Wood Owl "Nail Chipper" bit. Do you have any thoughts about the "Ultra Smooth" Wood Owl bit (not carried by Traditional Woodworker)? Thanks.

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    1. I don't have any experience with that bit. I'd imagine they cut a little slower, and that the cutting spurs are more fragile. The nail chippers are robust, and leave very clean entry holes, clean enough for a workbench for sure.

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    2. Thanks for the reply. I guess if they're good enough for you and Chris, they're good enough for me.

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