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    Drilling a Hole In the Center of a Rod without a Lathe

    Drilling a hole in the end of a rod is easy... if you own a lathe. Here is a trick for doing the task using a drill press. Don't own a drill press? All is not lost if you own a bench block or a block of metal drilled to the rod's diameter on a borrowed drill press.

    If you are interested, please see

    https://rick.sparber.org/CenterDrillingNoLathe.pdf


    Your comments are welcome. All of us are smarter than any one of us.


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    Way cool! Excellent way to center drill.

    It's quick and accurate 'enough' for everything I do.

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    Thanks rgsparber! We've added your Rod Drilling Fixture to our Drilling and Drill Presses category,
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    Another use: make such a jig same major diameter as the stud you just broke off. Drill the smaller hole, flip the jig and set it on the broken stud. Now you can use the smaller drill to get a starting hole exactly centered on the broken stud so you can drill it out without barfing up the threads in whatever the stud is in.



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