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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:21 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:27 am 
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LatakiaLover wrote:
If you're limited to actual rubber CUTTING speeds, just use a bit that's designed for the purpose:
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So please forgive my tool ignorance, but what is this type of bit called? If I want a bit that cuts on the sides, what's the proper term I'm searching for if I want to buy one? Thanks!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:24 am 
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Usually referred to as a "carving drill".

They're commonly used by wooden duck decoy makers.

http://stores.jaymescompany.com/search. ... it&x=0&y=0

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:43 am 
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LatakiaLover wrote:
Usually referred to as a "carving drill".

They're commonly used by wooden duck decoy makers.

http://stores.jaymescompany.com/search. ... it&x=0&y=0

Perfect. Thank you so much.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:40 am 
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Ouch pricey little buggers!
I have been quite happy just using a 1.5mm standard drill bit. The flutes do have edges sharp enough but they don't last all that long, a few dozen pipes maybe. I am happy to swap them out regularly though since they are 10 for £1

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:12 am 
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caskwith wrote:
Ouch pricey little buggers!
I have been quite happy just using a 1.5mm standard drill bit. The flutes do have edges sharp enough but they don't last all that long, a few dozen pipes maybe. I am happy to swap them out regularly though since they are 10 for £1


Same here.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:46 am 
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I think that the slot in the picture should be wider.

Hope this helps.

Todd

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:11 pm 
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caskwith wrote:
Ouch pricey little buggers!


They last forever though. I bought two ten years ago (one as a backup in case of loss or breakage), but have never needed it. The first one still cuts vulcanite like it's putty.

Maybe because I don't spin it fast it doesn't wear fast? A Foredom LX motor is high torque/low rpm by design, and firm sideways pressure together with a 2-3 mm piston-action to continuously clear the chip, and the main worry is not going too far. :lol: It's almost surreal how effortlessly little ribbon-shavings pile out of the emerging slot.

The main challenge skill-wise is keeping the slot straight & level, but it isn't hard to do with a bit of practice (just compensate for the rotation's tendency to "crawl" with counter-pressure).

Short of a dedicated jig-machine like Q's or Texas Red's, a carving drill is The Shit.

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