RE: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Appropriate hinges?
Heh – I had to do that once, too.
A guy showed up in camp with bone needles asking how tight our hand drill press chuck got. It went to zero. So we chucked up his teeny, tiny, bits into the giant chuck. We disengaged the drive mechanism and just turned it by the handle, letting the weight of the chuck push the bit.
A man with a manual drill press in camp never lacks for company.
Oh, I wasn't even thinking of trying to hold it- if I can figure out how to clamp a proto-sewing needle, I can clamp a hinge. (And yes, it's amusing- borderline ridiculous- to chuck up a drill bit the thickness of a cat's whisker in a floor-mount drill press.)
I make maille jewelry, and coil my own rings on an aluminum knitting needle chucked up in an old variable-speed corded drill. That little guy has a lot less power than my drill press, yet as you're getting close to the end of the wire, even running really, really slowly, that sharp end can whip around scary-fast and slice a deep gouge in a heartbeat. And that's 22-gauge sterling, not 1/8" thick hardened steel...