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    Drilling Pen Blanks

    I find that drilling the pen blanks on my lathe i have very little issues which i got using the pillar drill. I turn most of my blanks round before i drill them. The blanks i don't turn round are made of corian. I use a colt drill and can usually do one pass through the blank running at 800rpm ...

    How do you drill your blanks? ...



     
     
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    I do mine the same way. I don't turn them round first but drilling on the lathe is so much easier and more precise.

     
     
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    i use an hand held vice and my drill, it works most of the time.

     
     
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    I've never tried drilling on the lathe, its something I'll have a go at shortly. For me its easy to use the bench drill and a hand held vice - as long as I take it easy that is.

     
     
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    I also use a bench drill and a trusty bench vice. This method is hit a miss, the best results are when the blank is totally square.

     
     
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    as above, drill vice, and a drill stand..... Crap results.... but I dont have a lathe chuck...

     
     
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    That's a good idea Jim, turning them round before drilling, i will start to do this as i lose quite a few blanks with the hole to near the side of the blank. I get really nervous when i have spent a few quid on a decent blank only to toss it in the bin.

     
     
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    I'm another who doesn't have the kit to drill on the lathe, which got me thinking about Longworth chucks. The tail stock drill chuck is pretty cheap (11 at Axminster), but the headstock chuck is big $$$. Has anyone here built a Longworth chuck, and if so do you have any tips?

    David

     
     
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    i ment to say i use an hand held drill and a vice

     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimjam66 View Post
    I'm another who doesn't have the kit to drill on the lathe, which got me thinking about Longworth chucks. The tail stock drill chuck is pretty cheap (11 at Axminster), but the headstock chuck is big $$$. Has anyone here built a Longworth chuck, and if so do you have any tips?

    David
    I have not built a longworth Chuck, but a friend of mine has. That chuck would not help with the drilling of the blanks. It would not go small enough. Also the Longworth chuck is only made for taking very light cuts or sanding and is designed for only finishing off the bottom of a piece that you turned either on a faceplate or with a tenon in a 4 jaw chuck. They are great to have, but they have a purpose. Right now I use my Cole Jaws to finish bowls.

     
     

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