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15017Re: Center drilling cheat?

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  • Colonel
    Jan 1, 2012
      That could work ok but I would use a shovel bit. The sides of the shovel bit would hug the wall of the started hole and keep it more straight than an auger.


      --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, "David Whitby" <david.whitby@...> wrote:
      > Could you use the drill press to get as far as possible and then use an auger? If the first 3 to 4” is straight and true, the auger should happily carry on in the same direction.
      > In my experience, when drilling long distances into end grain the drill tends to wander a bit anyway. What I tend to do is to drill the hole and then mount the wood on a mandrel to turn the outside true to the axis of the hole.
      > Ed
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