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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by g00eY, Mar 22, 2006.
could i use a dremel for cutting neck pockets and cavities? just wondering...
If you used a forstner bit and drilled out the majority of the cavity, i suppose you could use a dremel for the edges. make sure your bits are good and sharp, though, and take it slow, only cutting 1/8" deep or so per pass. My experience with such work is that it needs to be done very slowly, or the bit will go to crap on you.
I'd use a plunge router..But two chipmunks with an egg beater and a bullwhip could work as well.
You probably could, but I wouldn't.
yeah... ive actually used this combo many a time... I had to give my chipmunks some the insentive though... i had to use walnut...
haha...probably would've been okay with a chesnut variety...
I give em incentive..I give em' a an assortment of Macadamia Nuts.Then when they're not looking a put on my 10-hole Doc Martens..and run across the room full bore..and drop em 'n their nutz.After that..They'll dig to China to get out of the room..I throw in the bass...and some tools..and it's game time.
what is a forstner bit? last time i went to Home Depot i saw nothing labeled with such a name...
It's a tool that lets you drill big, flat-bottomed holes. (wow, take the 'L' out of flat and you get a sentence with a WHOLE different meaning. )
It also allows you to overlap holes. Spade bits don't do either that well.
fixed it for you
And you only have a couple more weeks of cold weather..Where you can slip a package of those Forstner bits under your heavy jacket and walk out..Crap..talk what you want I say..Made in India..screw em'.It great millions of dollars of imported crap from abroad..steal it..Put them out of business.
Flat bottom holes you make the routin' world go round!!
what if you don't use a drill press with this forstner bit, should I not go so deep and finish out with a router bit? thanks. which router bit is good for a flat result on the bottom.
I don't recommend Forstner bits in a hand drill. The big ones can exert a whole lot of torque and that can cause you some grief, either by making the bit hard to control and hurting your work piece or by giving your wrist a twist.
Be that as it may, I have successfully used Forstner bits in a hand drill, but you need to be much more aware of what you're doing. Just don't drill too deep (finish with a router, like you suggested) and make sure that for every hole you drill the center point of the bit is in the wood. Without that stability you're not going to be having a very good time at all.
Any flat tipped router bit should be able to give you a flat bottomed hole. Depending on your choice of templates and jigs (and tables, if you're using one) you may want either a standard flush cut bit with a bearing or a spiral bit. The bearing bits are great since you follow your template directly, but the spiral bits tend to cut nicer.
PS: Luke wins my vote for best post in thread.
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