Hand Push Horizontal Drilling

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 12-20-2012 02:03 PM 9319 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Horizontal Drilling is not as common commercially. Though in lathe, boring is one aspect but the workpiece is rotating. The work is precise because slight inclination or just twisting of the bit (in small diameter) will be critical. I made this drilling machine not to discourage those who are using the drill press but to cater for my work on WOODEN HINGES and DOWEL PIN HOLE DRILLING.

There are only 3 parts:

BASE FLAT BOARD. I use an MDF 3/4 thickness as it is flat. I like to make improvement in the future where I will use a granite to have greater flatness and also lasting. The MDF when wet will expand and lost its flatness.

DRILL CLAMP. At first I was thinking to use the router but I need to drill different hole diameter. The electric portable drills has standard 43 mm diameter which is not available in fostner bits so I made the hole by manually sanding and chiseling it. I used a 2×3 inches piece of wood for it. Saw lengthwise for the recess and then have two bolts for clamping. Notice that I reinforce the top with ebony strip so that I can tighten firmly the drill without damaging the clamp.

WOOD STOCK SLIDE. This act as the moving carriage for the stock to be drilled. The target is to push the wood stock (actually a metal or any material can be drilled trough this) against the stationary drill. Since the slide action is perpendicular then the procedure can be repeated several times by just making a mark of a stop on the slide. The center can be adjusted by raising the slide which pivot on the guide. Since my adjusting accessory is not yet fitted on the slide, I use boards of different thickness stacked to hit the desired height of the stock to be drilled.

Please note that the rod guide I use is from an old copier scrap. Included was the sliding arm that has a slippery plastic bushing. Perfect for the job. But if you don’t have it, then a slot or groove can be made similar to the table saw. I was keeping this guide rod for the CHEVALET project but nevermine that will come later.

I made several drilling using this and here are some of the products produced from it….

Wooden Hinges and Wooden Latches

Wooden diffuser for hanging light. I have to repeat drilling on exact position for these square rods. The skewers are the pins that should be exactly aligned. If the pinholes are not exact, then it will be impossible to assemble. One thing I learned here. My hands acts as the clamp while and do the push to the drill. SO QUICK to make.

So here we go, making a new adventure on my horizontal drilling process. This will be an additional skill that each of us should do. I drilled 10 mm hole already on this tool and it hold the pressure. But please bear in mind that this is done seriously for small holes like pinholes for hinges. Hope you like it.

Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 03:24 PM

Very cool tutorial, Bert! Thanks for sharing your technique with us! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 04:32 PM

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#3 posted 12-20-2012 05:49 PM

Nice jig,

Improves accuracy?

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 12-20-2012 05:50 PM

Bert that is a great jig.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 06:35 AM

Bert very well thought out jig tks for sharing Regards Tamboti

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 06:41 AM

Thanks to all. Let us see how this put into service. I already finished a pair of latches and the hanging lamp. I will post them later.
My best hope to all. Keep going.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 07:01 AM

Looks like a great jig. Is it more accurate than a fence and stop block on a drill press?

-- 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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#8 posted 12-21-2012 07:28 AM

Thanks for sharing. Great work lessons.


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#9 posted 12-21-2012 08:22 AM

Topamax, Welcome and good to hear from you again from long time. I wish the best for you.
Mr Kadambi, Welcome and it is my pleasure to share what will benefit LJ in terms of ideas.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 12-21-2012 11:28 AM

Very nice! Another device to consider for a small shop like mine. Thanks for posting. Merry Christmas to you!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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