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John. B

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I live in Romford in Essex,

Does anyone know of a drill bit sharpening service for bits up to at least 33/64 (13.1mm) that's reasonably local.

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I've no idea who would provide this service, but it's quite straightforward to sharpen drillbits freehand on a bench grinder. It may take you a few attempts to get "the nack" but once you've cracked it it's dead easy. There are loads of vids on youtube to help you along.

Your other option is a drilldoctor, a dedicated drill grinder that does a good job, I have one somewhere, but never use it as I find it quicker to grind freehand.

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Aled Dafis":31noh6t9 said:
I've no idea who would provide this service, but it's quite straightforward to sharpen drillbits freehand on a bench grinder. It may take you a few attempts to get "the nack" but once you've cracked it it's dead easy. ....
Aled
It's another form of convex bevel sharpening believe it or not - you present at the cutting angle and dip. Or work it both ways like old egg head here.
Funny how it works for absolutely everything except woodworkers planes and chisels! :lol:
In fact it may take you a few attempts to get "the nack" but once you've cracked it it's dead easy.
 

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Jacob":3vawqdfk said:
Aled Dafis":3vawqdfk said:
I've no idea who would provide this service, but it's quite straightforward to sharpen drillbits freehand on a bench grinder. It may take you a few attempts to get "the nack" but once you've cracked it it's dead easy. ....
Aled
It's another form of convex bevel sharpening believe it or not - you present at the cutting angle and dip. Or work it both ways like old egg head here.
Funny how it works for absolutely everything except woodworkers planes and chisels! :lol:
In fact it may take you a few attempts to get "the nack" but once you've cracked it it's dead easy.
Lots of negative comments on this YouTube clip?

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Guy at work showed me how to do this the other day. Really is quite simple on a grinding wheel. HE showed me his drill bits, some were so short! but they all work! You can create different profiles as you see fit as well. Good fun!
 

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I got shown 40 years ago how to sharpen twist drills...piece of cake when you get the knack. Sizes below about 3mm get a bit tricky though... - Rob
 

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woodbloke":1bkp0shf said:
I got shown 40 years ago how to sharpen twist drills...piece of cake when you get the knack. Sizes below about 3mm get a bit tricky though... - Rob
I'd say that for beginners, anything under 5mm would be quite tricky.

The only other thing I can add is to NEVER BUY CHEAP DRILLS!! I use Hertel Drills exclusively at school and find that they need sharpening/break far less than the cheaper drills my predecessor left me with.

Cheers
Aled
 
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