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Pete Maddex

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Hi,

Knocked this up quickly for the wife to put in as a secret santa at her work.



Maple band sawn sanded and the hole was drilled with a brace and expansive bit, tough stuff that Maple.

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Nice and clean. Would look good at the centre of a nicely laid dinner table.
 

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Hi, Chaps

Thanks.

Mike

The maple that I used was a tapered offcut clamped in the vice with another piece to hold against the back jaw. I just set the compass to make an arc that looked right and fitted in the the available wood, I guess about 150 to 180mm.
I can measure it exactly if you want, I might still gave the compass mark in the bench :oops:

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Nice, Pete. Very stylish.

Pete Maddex":2536x69h said:
...the hole was drilled with a brace and expansive bit, tough stuff that Maple.
Yeah, I bet; rather you than me. :shock: What sweep size were you using?
 

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Hi, Alf

Just a 10" sweep, I do go the the gym so its not to much of a problem, but I used a small expansive bit not my big one and I could see the shaft twisting.
I have picked up a 38mm flat but so it shouldn't be a problem any more.

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Pete Maddex":219qqu2b said:
Hi, Alf

Just a 10" sweep, I do go the the gym so its not to much of a problem, but I used a small expansive bit not my big one and I could see the shaft twisting.
I have picked up a 38mm flat but so it shouldn't be a problem any more.

Pete
I've got a 1 1/2" centre bit, reserved for this very purpose...

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I've got a drill press and some forstners for this sort of thing... :-$ 8-[

But honestly, I'm impressed the expansive bit did the job - I'd have (incorrectly) assumed not.
 

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Hi, Alf

I did a 3" hole in an oak table for an umbrella with my big one same brace and 2 people to hold the table still!!!

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Alf":3b6utlu9 said:
I've got a drill press and some forstners for this sort of thing... :-$ 8-[

But honestly, I'm impressed the expansive bit did the job - I'd have (incorrectly) assumed not.
I see what you mean - using an expansive bit. set to a large size, in hardwood generates forces that strike me as "unpleasantly high", especially on that tiny blade and its rinky dink holding screw.

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Yes, 'zactly that. It's pushing the limitations in a big way; further respect to the expansive bit, which doesn't really get the love it might do. (Sorry, Pete - I will cease to hijack now!)
 

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Hi, BB+Alf

Don't forget its held in a V as well as the screw, I was worried about the twisting of the shaft.

Pete
 
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