Did the old makers use regular drill bits?

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Did the old makers use regular drill bits?

Post by rgouette » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:36 pm

At 3:07, you can see this fellow simply feeding a twist drill with what appear to be fairly elongated flutes,
into a very slow turning bit of stock.
Would he turn the chanter around & feed from the other side, or do you think he does the full length?
I can't tell how long that bit is, but it looks fairly long..
I guess I expected to see something "special" in terms of a bit, D-bit etc
Is this not his initial bore...?

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Re: Did the old makers use regular drill bits?

Post by abhappy » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:14 pm

That's cool to see the old tools. Treadle lathe! Yeah it's hard to tell how much he used the twist bit for. If I remember right, I've at least heard of people using twist bits for pilots.
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