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    My preference is the large dedicated pillar drill,I have a fixed pen blank jawed Vicmarc chuck I enjoy from time to time however the blanks need to be regular. The secret 4 inch jaws I use on the Pillar Drill have open vees in the centres horizontally and three vertical vees that aqllow utmost control with irregular blanks I cut to follow the grain I desire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penpal View Post
    My preference is the large dedicated pillar drill,I have a fixed pen blank jawed Vicmarc chuck I enjoy from time to time however the blanks need to be regular. The secret 4 inch jaws I use on the Pillar Drill have open vees in the centres horizontally and three vertical vees that aqllow utmost control with irregular blanks I cut to follow the grain I desire.

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    Two of these sold by grizzly in the USA.

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    I drill on a Record pillar drill with a pen blank vice from Turner's Retreat. For me it works,the down side is 50mm of travel so on 63mm blanks I have to raise the vice on a clean piece of MDF.
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flexi View Post
    I drill on a Record pillar drill with a pen blank vice from Turner's Retreat. For me it works,the down side is 50mm of travel so on 63mm blanks I have to raise the vice on a clean piece of MDF.

    Do you think its more accurate on pillar drill than on lathe

     
     
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    For me I find it quicker, but others will say the lathe is quicker if you have a good set up....
    Personally I think it's personal opinions, both can be great or total fails
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    I think Mark is right on the money re the drill bits. Personally I drill on the lathe. I prefer it because my pillar drill does not have the necessary length on the quill and is rubbish anyway. I find the lathe to be more accurate and controllable. I use pen blank jaws these days which I like but I managed quite well with standard jaws in the past so they are a bit of a luxury really.
    I always use a centre drill or a spot drill to ensure I get the hole starting just where I want it, but then I am not doing this for a living so the extra time taken does not really concern me. The Dewalt bits with their starter tips do much the same thing.

     
     
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    The same as Penpal.


     
     
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    I use colt drills for acrylics only. They just cut into it like butter.
    For wood I spot drill before drilling then use a bright HSS drill with a fairly long spiral flute. I do however re-grind, even a brand new drill, to get a better cutting, softer cutting action than you would with a drill straight from the packet.
    Like many I too drill all blanks on the lathe as I find it a lot easier to control the feed rate.

     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penpal View Post
    Hearty welcome from over here in Australia. Everyone has there favourites,mine are Type 2 DeWalt as per pic.You can see they have a mini drill point and do not wander with a great drilling life.

    Kind regards to you and Scotland Peter.
    Peter, am totally with you, shame we canít get the imperials here, just the metric.
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    My approaches to drilling blanks is on the lathe as shown with my dedicated Vicmarc chuck with fixed jaws as shown here,my fantastic (so heavy I only just was able to carry this most accurate micro adjustable unit on a large pillar drill.)

    I believe in long term solutions considering the importance of drilling in all media.HAve fun drilling it really is a repetitive process,I freely confess I have never varied drilling speed ever on the drill press,I happen to have auto variable speed control on this lathe so I just turn it to fairly fast when turning penblanks..I am reminded my first car was an A Model Ford tourer where the front springs were transverse providing a moving experience from side to side especially on unmade roads.

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