small drill bits


Date: Mon Oct 11 1993 - 10:22:30 EDT

Board Fabricators:
I have used #60 bits in a black and decker hand drill with success. I mounted
the hand drill in one of those "drill press stands" which are used to convert
your portable electric hand drill to operate as a miniature drill press. I think
they run around 20 or 30 bucks. Try out your portable drill to see if the chuck
will clamp the bit tightly-- mine did (both 3/8 and 1/4 inch chucks). I have
never had a problem with this method. Perhaps I was lucky.
Radio Shack also used to sell a miniature hand drill (about $4) in their
catalog. That worked fine for drilling a small number of holes, but is more
difficult since you must concentrate on holding the drill, necessitating
holding the board down by other means. I have had success with that too;
although it takes more time. Since many of you have portable electric drills
lying around, give it a try (see if the bit will hold first) then get one
of those inexpensive drill press stands. It will prove useful for other
household tasks and pay for itself.

de WK2A/3
Rich Penc
Dept. of Meteorology
Penn State University

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