Things I've learned

kevsmith Aug 21, 2017

  1. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    6,570
    19,065
    104
    I have learned to despise paddle bits. Some hears back I was building some flag holders for the Girl Scout troop and when using a drill press to drill the hole in the stand using a paddle bit, it caught and the entire flag stand began to spin. Worried about my wife's car parked close by, I tried to stop the spinning with my hand, a really stupid move. I wasn't cut, but my hand and forearm hurt like heck. I felt like I'd hit my funny bone and the sensation took a week to subside.

    Since then, I always clamp workpieces to the drill press table and I don't think I've used a paddle bit since.
     
  2. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

    2,413
    2,010
    52
    I use them. But then, I still have one of these, and still use it.

    [​IMG]

    It's slow and more than a little like work. But all I have to do is think "stop" and it stops. It has no momentum at all. It stops on a dime and gives me nine cents change.

    I also skip the ear protection. Yes, I've been known to grunt when I get exercise, but I'm not that loud.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2021
  3. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

    1,818
    788
    43
    I'ld never use a spade bit in a press. You don't get to feel it before IT happens.
    And letting a 1/2" electric spin is safer. I ripped the cord off though. :rolleyes:
     
    Hardcoaler and Mike VE2TRV like this.
  4. Grey One

    Grey One TrainBoard Supporter

    8,291
    1,007
    110
    @acptulsa Love! It! Ya, I used one from my father's father' for many years. My wondrous wife ruined it by buying one of those new fangled cordless electrics. Argh! Now I have a big one and a small one. Sigh.
     
    Hardcoaler and Mike VE2TRV like this.
  5. Rip Track

    Rip Track TrainBoard Member

    121
    104
    14
    I have an old manual hand drill too. I had planned to convert it to use as a winder, when I was into free flight model planes. I'll break it out every now and again when I need to drill one or two quick holes. Especially if it's early, and the family is still sleeping. (y)
     
    Grey One, Hardcoaler and Shortround like this.
  6. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

    1,818
    788
    43
    Those cordless sure are nice. My first, 6 years ago, a 3/8" with case it was followed by two 1/4". The 3/8" now needs a new battery. I'm very gratful to still have the 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4" corded. Along with little cranker and a bit brace. Because the new battery costs $125. $45 more than I payed for the whole thing.:confused::eek:
     
    Grey One likes this.
  7. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    6,570
    19,065
    104
    I wish I'd have kept my Dad's rotary hand drill like @acptulsa 's and his push drill too, but in all of the estate sale preparation, I overlooked setting them aside. :(
     
    Shortround, BNSF FAN and Grey One like this.
  8. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

    1,495
    1,607
    36
    Two words for round holes: Forstner Bits. Never had one grab.
     
  9. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    6,570
    19,065
    104
    Yep, always a fine choice. (y) Mine are low quality, are getting dull from use and I've been replacing them with better quality as needed. Brad point bits work pretty well too with their outside cutting edges and centering point.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2021
  10. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    63,227
    9,910
    652
    Glad to see this posted. I had been thinking about getting a set of these, and every time I am near a hardware store, I forget. :rolleyes: It is now noted on my shopping list. :)
     
  11. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

    1,818
    788
    43
    I've got one brad point. 1/4" is all I've needed so far. When I start building a layout I will get more. When I lived in Milwaukee I could get them and any others sharpened. A lot of business for that stuff.
    Not so up here in cow, wine and sausage land.
     
    Mike VE2TRV, dalebaker and Hardcoaler like this.
  12. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

    1,495
    1,607
    36
    I’m not sure about sharpening bits and blades anymore, I think it’s becoming a lost art.
    I used to get my blades sharpened but have not been happy with the results. Now I use the thin kerf blades with decent results.

    I even picked up a carbide blade from Harbor for some not so precision cutting, I was impressed with the cuts that made.
     
    BNSF FAN, Shortround and Hardcoaler like this.

Share This Page