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Did the old makers use regular drill bits?

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:36 pm
by rgouette
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
or
Is this not his initial bore...?

https://www.rte.ie/archives/category/ar ... pes-maker/

Re: Did the old makers use regular drill bits?

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:14 pm
by abhappy
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.

Re: Did the old makers use regular drill bits?

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:14 pm
by rgouette
yeah, very very interesting to watch these old films..
It makes me feel like I don't need fancy tools to build a chanter..
;)

Re: Did the old makers use regular drill bits?

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:51 am
by Mr.Gumby
It makes me feel like I don't need fancy tools to build a chanter..
Sure, get an old French bayonet and you're flying :roll:

Re: Did the old makers use regular drill bits?

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 1:22 pm
by rgouette
ooh, I plumb forgot all about my Russian bayonet!