Drilling #1: A Square hole drill?

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Blog entry by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 10-10-2011 05:49 AM 8634 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Check this out. How to drill a square hole. What do you think folks?

-- Dale, Ohio

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#1 posted 10-10-2011 06:01 AM

wow that is truly crazy

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#2 posted 10-10-2011 06:03 AM

That’s interesting.

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#3 posted 10-10-2011 06:08 AM

Very nice engineering and tooling, for sure. But, it will not work in a regular drill press, lathe or milling machine (or anything else) without a precisely cam’d offset above the chuck. Likely a different one for each size square, too.

The geometry is sort of like how the eccentric shaft of a rotary engine slings the rotor in a triangle shape… only this is set up for four sides instead of three.

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 07:22 AM

1+ David, reminds me of my rotary powered mazda!

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#5 posted 10-10-2011 07:57 AM

Talk about a drill with a wobble. Very interesting.

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#6 posted 10-10-2011 09:56 PM

It’s possible to turn polygons, with a rotating cutter; it has to be precisely synchronized to the blank though, depending on how many faces you want, how many edges it has, and the relative diameters (I don’t remember exactly, my machining courses are quite a few years old).

There’s also a technique called “broaching”, described here:
But the broaching tool works like a chisel more than a drill or router bit, the wobble replacing taps from a mallet.

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#7 posted 10-11-2011 03:02 AM

Dale that is very interesting and done before ,look at videos on YOU TUBE
I did a post some time ago on a dovetail drill bit which I invented and like you to look at it .
I think it will be of interest to you.


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