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dave g
12-12-2011, 12:22 PM
To drill the holes for those StewMac mandolin tuners I use:

http://www.wsukes.com/temp/DSCF1896.jpg

... this time out of 1/2" steel instead of 16 ga like the old one (in the background). Should take me a lot longer to wear this one out :)

Rick Turner
12-12-2011, 05:51 PM
So where are the 1/16" holes to guide for the pilot holes for the screws?

dave g
12-13-2011, 04:53 AM
So where are the 1/16" holes to guide for the pilot holes for the screws?

Drilling five 1/16" holes in 1/2" steel is not my idea of fun... besides, they are in the tuner's mounting plate :)

ksquine
12-13-2011, 07:35 AM
Nice jig! Makes me want to upgrade the maple block I've been using for my tuners

wheelgunner
12-16-2011, 02:24 AM
Dave, I once drilled sixty 1/16" holes thru 1-1/2" 304 stainless steel. That was an adventure! Didn't break a drill.
Drilling five 1/16" holes in 1/2" steel is not my idea of fun... besides, they are in the tuner's mounting plate :)

luvzmocha
12-16-2011, 02:42 AM
Dave, I once drilled sixty 1/16" holes thru 1-1/2" 304 stainless steel. That was an adventure! Didn't break a drill.

I can understand not breaking the drill but how many bits did you go through?

dave g
12-16-2011, 04:02 AM
Dave, I once drilled sixty 1/16" holes thru 1-1/2" 304 stainless steel. That was an adventure! Didn't break a drill.

Clearly, you've got a lot more patience than I do :)

Michael Smith
12-16-2011, 08:03 PM
I have always found it easier to drill a smaller hole like 1/16" than a larger hole. Just have to use plenty of oil and chuck it way into the chuck so only enough to make the drill is sticking out.

wheelgunner
12-17-2011, 10:39 AM
Actually, they were paying me for it back in those days.
Clearly, you've got a lot more patience than I do :)