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You'll notice that the one in my photos is missing a piece, an
"angel's wing" shaped attachment that helps you grip the head and keep
it from twisting. It's made such that it can be attached at different
"rotations", or removed entirely. For this job, I found it was better
to leave it off.
That is in fact the one I used, minus the removable "wing" attachment.
In my limited experience, I've found that it is sometimes useful and
sometimes an impediment. In this application, it was the latter.
I stupidly bought a Bosch angle drill, http://tinyurl.com/9n7bqjm .
I would have rather had the Milwaukee attachment you guys are using. The
Bosch is big and heavy, and I didn't need another big and heavy drill, I
simply needed a nice, compact attachment like you have. Now I have yet
another drill with yet more batteries. Not trashing the Bosch, it's a
fine, but unneeded tool in my case. Also, from the pic, it looks like
yours will fit in a tighter space than the Bosch angle drill. When I
was buying, I saw a Milwaukee attachment but it was bigger and heavier
than yours, or I would have went with that one.
PS, your "beehive" pic looks more like a hornets nest to me.
PS2, You don't have hardly any screwdrivers showing, I have close to a
million, they proliferate like rabbits. I don't recall ever buying a
PS3, Flex shafts suck, the ones I've used twist into a knot, usually
wrapped around a finger or hand as soon as they face moderate resistance.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
That's one of the reasons I chose the attachment. Through various
accidents of history I have seven drills already.
Now I have yet
Perhaps, but it is a two-handed operation. There are always trade-offs.
I may revise the title. It won't be the first time someone has
"corrected" me on Flickr.
Strangely, you're the second person to mention that the 25 or so visible
screwdrivers on that board seems an insufficient number. I probably have
at least another 25 in my three portable toolkits, not counting mini
sizes. And in fact, I hardly use any of them. Oh, the multi-driver in my
electrical kit sees some use, and I do have the odd paint can to open,
but otherwise, driving screws with a drill is quite convenient.
I actually got mine to remove the nuts that held on my toilet tank. The
space was tight and the bolts were long and a little corroded. Even
after loosening them the first turn, it was hard to turn them off by
hand. And ratcheting them off 30 degrees at a time for the fifty or so
turns that would be necessary was an unattractive proposition. The flex
shaft (which is also in the photo) and a deep socket made short work of
it. I never even bent down to look at the bottom of the tank, it was
easy enough to do by feel. I've also used the shaft for other purposes.
The better question might be, "Why do you need any screwdrivers at
all?". Since the advent of cordless drills, my screwdrivers have lain
fallow a good part of the time. But not to worry, I have a bunch more
in my various portable tool kits as well.
"Greg Guarino" wrote in message
More news for the novice end of the bell curve.
I built a couple of platforms today that will support some older Ikea
"cubbyhole" bookcases. They came with what Ikea calls "plinths", but
they were very thin, and I never liked them. Plus, a few weeks ago we
had some minor water damage, which made the already unfavored
"plinths" a little worse.
With my recent discovery of Kreg joinery, I figured this to be a short
afternoon project. I was effectively making two "ladder" assemblies
that would lay flat under the cubbies. I cut the long pieces to
length, and then the ten crosspieces. Each unit would be 13" deep.
(remember that measurement) Forty Kreg holes later (who was it here
that laughed when I said I'd never run through the box of screws I
bought?) I was ready for assembly.
But, it turned out that out the drill plus the square-drive bit were
longer than the 11.5" space between the long slats. I probably have a
shorter bit somewhere, but the geometry seems to demand either a long
bit or a drill with a very small diameter chuck.
My solution was an angle attachment I bought for some previous home-
repair debacle. It looks clumsy as hell, and it was until I worked out
a good way to hold the drill and the attachment. But before long it
became a comfortable and efficient method. So much so that this
particular "couple-hour" project actually took a couple of hours.
I have needed my angle attachment many times. Sure got me out of a problem
You will learn that pocket hole screws bottom out very quickly
and can spin quite easily. Depending on the wood, finishing with
a ratchet driver is a better choice.
Plywood doesn't always grab the screws like you would expect.
The driver just spins them a little too hard at times.
I always try to use a driver with a torque release. I get the proper
setting on some test holes or the first couple holes of the project,
then I hand tighten because I'm anal. :-)
One of the reasons I love Kreg pocket hole screws (and most generics)
is because they design the threads so well for the material you are
fastening. They even have a new thread designed for particle board.
I have found that it's pretty difficult to over tighten one of their
fasteners, unless you're using a big-ass drill. I think those little
12volt compact drivers are the best tool for pocket screws.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
I'll keep that in mind, thanks. Despite my relative inexperience with
real woodworking, I have developed a pretty good touch for driving
screws with a drill. I didn't encounter any trouble with either the 40
pocket holes or the 20 or so screws I used to attach the decorative
molding I used for the front panel.
I should add that, as recommended here, I tried the Kreg pocket screws
out for a non-pocket application. They really do grab nicely. In this
case it was the coarse variety.
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