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    Drilling holes in spheres

    A friend asked me to drill holes in some wooden spheres. The procedure I used to get the holes on diameter can be used on spheres of almost any diameter and material.

    I drilled holes of diameter a bit smaller than the sphere diameter in some plywood plates. Bolts through these plates and anchored in the mill T-slots allowed me to trap the ball and clamp down on it so it couldn't move under the action of the drill. Here's a view of the setup from above...

    This side view shows the bolts and the way the sphere is trapped...

    and the finished product(s)...

    Once the sphere was clamped, I found its diameter by taking a very slight pass across its top with an endmill. This produced a tiny flat on the top the center of which I eyeballed (hey, it's wood after all). A center in the mill chuck then allowed me to line up on the diameter.
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    Thanks Marv! I've added your Sphere Hole Drilling Method to our Drilling and Drill Presses and Workholding categories, as well as to your builder page: mklotz's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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