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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 09-08-2017 04:45 PM 733 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2017 04:45 PM

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Back when I was in my “tween” years, and spending as much time as possible in Pop-pop’s cabinetmaking shop, I began learning to use a brace and bits. (Among other tools). This instilled a “habit” if you will, of clamping smaller pieces vertically in a vise and boring into the work horizontally. This is not ALWAYS possible of course, but when working material that can be clamped this way, it is the method I prefer.
The horizontal method seems to help one bore straighter than doing so vertically. (I think one somewhat unconsciously visually aligns the shank of the bit with the floor). It helps the borings work their way out of the hole and drop onto the floor instead of falling back in and clogging up the hole again. Lastly, one can easily see when the lead starts to break through on the back of a through hole, so they can reverse the piece and finish the hole, avoiding tear out.
As I watch on line videos, it seems that people most people invariably will bore in the vertical position. So, now I’m rather curious. Which way do folks here in LJ land who use braces and bits bore? I look forward to hearing input on the subject from y’all.

-- OleGrump

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#1 posted 09-08-2017 05:13 PM

I never really thought about it. I just do it in the most comfortable position. Now when driving large wood screws, I use my body weight to keep the screw driver bit from slipping by applying my weight in a vertical plane.

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#2 posted 09-08-2017 05:41 PM

I watched Paul Sellers do it the way you describe, tried it, and it worked well enough that I do it that way whenever I can for the advantages you mention. One advantage of boring vertically is you can balance a try square from a few directions to check you’re dead on square. You can do the same when boring horizontally but vertically it’s a little easier.

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 05:53 PM

For me it all depends on for what  and where  the hole being bored. If i’m boring a series of holes to create a mortise, then it’s vertical, but if I’m boring a hole for the pin in that particular mortise and tenon joint, then it’s horizontal. But then again … I’ll most likely use my drill press  which is vertical all the time!


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#4 posted 09-08-2017 05:57 PM

Cool drill press.

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#5 posted 09-08-2017 06:01 PM

Back when I was writing my dissertation, my wife said I did so whenever I began a sentence with, “let me tell you what I’ve been writing about this week . . . “

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 06:49 PM

Back when I was writing my dissertation, my wife said I did so whenever I began a sentence with, “let me tell you what I ve been writing about this week . . . ”

- CharlesA

LOL. I’ve proven myself to bore countless ways. The yawns are proof.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 09-08-2017 10:07 PM

Cool drill press.

- WayneC

Thanks, Wayne!

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#8 posted 09-08-2017 10:15 PM

Gravity helps when boring vertically.


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