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    Freehand Drilling of IC Socket Holes

    Drilling a line of tiny holes in a circuit board that will accept an IC socket is demanding. Here is a tool that may help.

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


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    Good idea Rick!

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    These drills are tiny and brittle. Any side force breaks them off. A metal drill guide is therefore trouble. The soft plastic of this guide is harmless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgsparber View Post
    These drills are tiny and brittle. Any side force breaks them off. A metal drill guide is therefore trouble. The soft plastic of this guide is harmless.

    Rick
    I can testify to that, Rick. Back in the day I made a steel drill guide for the same purpose and it worked really well if the objective was to break drills. I finally gave up on the idea of hand drilling and used my Unimat, running at the warp speed needed for those drills. A dial indicator on the carriage allowed me to space the holes accurately.
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