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Old 04-23-2008, 08:14 AM
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how to use a lathe to center-drill a dowel

Like the title says, how would I use a lathe to center drill a dowel?

I remember a few folks saying that using a lathe would be the way to go if I really want dead-center accuracy

I know absolutely nothing about lathes beyond that they spin stuff 'round an axis, and that something called a tail stock can move back and forth along a set of guides

I am looking at the HF lathe, or a grizzly lathe, something small and bench top

the only other thing that I might be turning is a top piece for my flag poles
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:58 AM
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I plan on using my lathe to do just that tonight.

You'll need a chuck with jas small enough to clamp down on the dowel. Chuck up the dowel, then put a drill chuck in your tailstock and use that to drill out the dowel.
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If the hole to be drilled is longer than your longest drill bit, you'll need a hollow tailstock (opposite end to the drive), through which you can pass an auger. This method is good, but not faultless and - if you're not careful - you can blow through the side. Best practice is to drill halfway from each end.

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avoid the HF benchtop model. Not so good reveiws.

The Grizzleys are okay if you get the one that's a JET/PSI clone or better. The lower level ones aren't worth it.

As Far as drilling on the lathe, what was mentioned above. I did the process just last night on some pen blanks and couldn't be happier.
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I did the process just last night on some pen blanks and couldn't be happier.

YEah, too bad I picked up that Rockler vise. I think I'm hooked on lathe drilling...
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rockler vise?

okay gents I have a small space and a small budget, what is a good lathe that I won't be cussing at?
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how small a budget? New, you're looking at a minimum of $150-175. Used, depends on what you can find.
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