proper drilling techniques for additional pot(s)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by K-Frog, Feb 17, 2003.

  1. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    What is the proper type of bit to use when drilling a hole for a pot? Should it be done from front to back or back to front? What other things can be done to prevent chip-out or any other catastrophic damage to the finish?
    Bass - MTD Kingston in metallic red.

    Thanks, K
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    The sharpest bit you can manage.

    The side you come through is usually going to take the worst beating. I drill a small guide hole from back-to-front when I lay out the cavity, then I drill front-to-back with a brad point bit of the finished thickness.
  3. ModulusAcacia

    ModulusAcacia Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2000
    Middletown/Cincy, OH WHO-DEY!
    owner: J. Kennedy Guitar Repair, Guitar tech for Walk the Moon
    Just my limited experience, but a forstner bit front to back does a nice job for me :)

    Justin K.
  4. gyancey


    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Go brad point, front to back. The spurs will quickly sever the finish around the future hole.