Torque Workcentre at work.. #40: Drilling angled holes.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 04-03-2011 10:18 PM 5041 reads 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 39: Dressing a few panels. Part 40 of Torque Workcentre at work.. series Part 41: Dimensions and angles... »

To make a wine bottle balancer it requires a hole drilled at an angle…so what to do… build a jig for the drill press..

Cut some tapered pieces and make a ramp to hold the blank to be drilled…

Hey… what is this? I have a Torque WorkCentre….. and one of the features is the ability to drill holes at any angle… hmmm….. make a jig to hold the blank horizontally on the bed and then drill at the required angle…

Two t-bolts and some knobs to hold the jig in place.. using the winged track… nice…

and a couple of toggle clamps to hold the piece while it is drilled

This worked so well I made 18 balancers..

Shown here hanging on a dowel to let the first coat of Danish Oil to dry…
Before you all ask about dimensions and angles… that is a separate blog which I will post shortly… so stay tuned….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 10:23 PM

Very inventive Larry. nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 10:24 PM

Thank you Karson…the name of the game is Jigs…

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 10:28 PM

I’ve never had to cut the hole at an angle. I think it’s more personal preference.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 10:33 PM

The angled hole is so I can have the bottle horizontal.. just a personal preference I guess.

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#5 posted 04-03-2011 10:47 PM

Neat idea, Larry.

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#6 posted 04-03-2011 11:06 PM


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#7 posted 04-03-2011 11:43 PM

Thanks Larry for the info. I might even build one of those in an odd moment of leisure…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 12:26 AM

If I only had the room.
Nice Chevron

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#9 posted 04-04-2011 02:11 AM

Looks like the jig is up now, Larry.


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#10 posted 04-04-2011 08:46 AM

That thing is KOOL!!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 08:57 AM

With A Capital K

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#12 posted 04-04-2011 09:34 AM

I still covet thy workcentre Larry nice job, as long as the corks are covered & don’t dry out I guess the angle doesn’t matter although everything seems to be screwcap nowadays

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 04-04-2011 11:06 AM

I personally despise screw top bottles, but sadly they seem to be the trend now. However, such a lovely holder elevates any wine.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#14 posted 04-04-2011 07:31 PM

Wonder what the folks over at XXXX are thinking, Nice production line Larry…BC

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#15 posted 05-04-2011 06:57 PM

Just curious, for the ramp station for the drill press….

if you are making the hole for the bottle at 30 degrees, could the ramp be a 30, 60,90 triangle. Math is a few years behind me. You would just want to make sure the down end of the ramp is the 30 degree angle correct?

Thanks friend.

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