What are some techniques to precisely bore a 1/4" to 1/2" hole in the end of
a 3/4" section of a hardwood mop handle? I want the holes to be in the exact
center so I can use them as rollers.
I am new to woodworking and I'm sure there must be a trick to this.
Gizmofiddler (in 44a5f759 email@example.com) said:
| What are some techniques to precisely bore a 1/4" to 1/2" hole in
| the end of a 3/4" section of a hardwood mop handle? I want the
| holes to be in the exact center so I can use them as rollers.
| I am new to woodworking and I'm sure there must be a trick to this.
The easy way is to feed the roller through the headstock of a lathe
and clamp it in a 3-jaw chuck, mount a drill in a drill chuck in the
tailstock, and feed the non-rotating drill bit into the rotating
DeSoto, Iowa USA
> What are some techniques to precisely bore a 1/4" to 1/2" hole in
the end of
> a 3/4" section of a hardwood mop handle?
More specifically, a metal, not a wood working lathe.
1. Secure a piece of wood to the DP table
2. Drill a 3/4 hole in it
3. Replace the 3/4 bit with the 1/4 or 1/2
4. Put your mop handle section in the 3/4 hole
IMO, you would do better with rollers greater in diameter...1 1/2 PVC pipe
works well, just cut a plywood plug to fit each end. The holes in the
plywood ends can be bushed with pieces of copper pipe but it isn't
Make a drill jig:
A variation on "dadiOH"'s really good idea is to fasten a thick piece of
hardwood onto the drill press table. Then drill a 3/4" diameter hole about
half way into the thickness of the hardwood. Without moving the table
position, replace with 1/4" or 1/2" hole and drill thru.
Now unfasten the hardwood piece and place it on the 3/4" dowel to use as a
drill jig. Use the smaller diameter hole as a guide to drill the smaller
hole into the drill jig.
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