Drilling sideways...?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ZenG, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. So you routed out a cavity in the bass body. And now you have to run wires to another part of the bass in another cavity.

    So you need a hole going sideways from that cavity to the other.

    No drill will fit in there to do it.

    What do you use?
  2. A really long bit so your angle of entry can be as small as possible.
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  3. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

    Would need to see the size and other particular of the cavities to keep this from being too long.

    Most times, the hole is angular in the way it traverses.

    I usually use an 18" 1/8 drill.

    The length allows me to get into areas.

    If it's a short run, a right angle drill or a Foredom, basically a dentist drill or a Dremel with a flexible shaft.

    PM me if need be.
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  4. Yes. The ground wire channel for the bridge or the pickup channels are usually done with a loooong bit. I have some thick, soft rubbery plastic that I put on the body to protect it while drilling. I just saw a thread on here, maybe the "Lets build a bass" thread in luthiers corner, where the builder used copper tubing over the bit to protect the body.

    Look for aircraft bits at the hardware store. I think the last one I bought came from Ace or TrueValue.
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  5. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    McMaster Carr carries all manner of long bits, inch size, letter size, wire size, etc.
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  6. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    ...and those long thin bits are flexible so they can be bent at an angle while you are drilling.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2017
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  7. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    Cut the body in half. Drill the hole. Glue it back together. Glue is stronger than wood, anyway.
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  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    I have a woodworking friend who's building me a bass body for a Kramer Duke neck. I originally designed it to be top routed, with the controls mounted on a Mosrite-ish pick guard; which would have avoided this problem. Now, he thinks the wood is too nice (and the body's too small) to cover a lot of it up. I sort of agree, so I asked him that very question. "No problem", was the answer. "I have a small right angle drill and some long bits. Guitar bodies aren't the only things you need to do this to". So, I guess that's the answer...:thumbsup:
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2017
  9. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    Trained termites.
  10. No doubt I'll need the variety pack of termites that can eat different size holes..

    But they won't last long because I'll be snacking on them while working on the bass.

    Full of protein and a nice crunchy goodness....
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2017
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    One of these could do the job, too.

    Carpenter Bee.jpg
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  13. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The trained ones aren't for eatin'. :D

    Use carpenter bees, though, they make these sweet perfectly round holes. ;)
  14. We know what kind of glue is best for wood, but...
  15. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    Same concept different execution.

    A long drill bit will do.