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The way I drill holes like this, First drill the smaller hole all the way through, Then I Set the depth That I want the larger hole and drill that, Not going to deep.
I then take a drill bit of the same size as the large hole and grind the end flat. A drill bit has a bevel to it and when you are drilling for a recess you want the point of the drill bit your very bottom of the larger diameter hole, making sure there is still edid file download material for the head to hold.
The reason I grind a drill bit flat is it will take out the bevel left by the regular drill bit so the head sits flat. Hope this helps!!
Drilling holes into knife blanks.
BossDog KnifeDogs. They have different size pilot holes and out diameters drill flutes that "bore" out the hole. I have a few different sizes here I was going to mention The counter Bore bit. The Boss got ya covered. Good point about useing the bit flat Ern. BossDog said:. Thanks everyone for the tips. Bossdog, I noticed the counterbore bits on your site as well as knifekits. I have never seen a counterbore with an 82 degree taper.
There are countersinks with 82degree and you could find one slightly smaller than the size screw head and taper the bottom of the hole. I would highly encourage you to use button head screws, and a counterbore if possible. No matter how careful you think your being when drilling an 82 degree countersunk hole, it will ALWAYS be slightly off when you done. For a long time when I first tried building folders, I was trying to use 82 degree flat headed screws to keep things lined up The only reason the 82 degree screw holes are countersunk, is to make the top of the screw heads flush with the liners.
I personally like the carbide counterbores that MSC sells Thanks again to everyone for the amazingly quick and informative replies!
EdCaffreyMS: Will definitely keep that in mind. Still tossing up what kind of holes to drill - I'll likely be making more than one set of handles for this knife, so it may end up being a combination of both! Tracy: Big order for me, anyway! Last edited: May 23, Pier 9 Starter Project Make your own Knife handle As some of you have seen, shop staff here at Pier 9's Workshop have dived deep into the exciting art of making Knives, particularly beautiful Knife handles.
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This Instructable will detail all the steps you need to follow to make your very own custom knife. Classes Required: Basic WoodShop. Necessary Materials Knife Blade Scales Material for handle; wood, plastic, stabalized corn cob, mammoth tusk, stone ect.
Good websites to purchase materials: Coming Soon. Ordering: Make sure to get the correct size pin for the Knife blade you chose. Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Unsheathe your blade and cover the sharp section of the blade in Masking tape. This will protect you from cutting yourself and protect the blade from getting scratched.
Prepare your Handle Scales and cut them down to a square with. Using a Pencil trace the edge of the blade handle onto your Handle Scales.
Step 1. Make sure to leave an eight of an inch of extra room so you don't cut away too much material. That will be done on the sanders. Step 2: Drilling Pin Holes Knife handles come with predrilled holes. These represent where you can insert your pins and the size of pin you can use.
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Hopefully you ordered the correct size pin. If not you could drill larger holes using the Metal Drill Press. Tape your two scales together and then tape tape your blade handle ontop.Forums New posts Search forums. Media New media New comments Search media.
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The first rule of drilling holes in hardened material is to avoid drilling in hardened material. Plan your work ahead of time. Always drill before hardening.
Can't drill holes in the tang for pins Thread starter manitoulinbound Start date Aug 17, Bushcraft Friend. So I've had an old sawmill blade kicking around the shop for a while and I finally started to turn it into some sharps, well, one exactly. Long story short, it is the hardest steel I've ever come across. I have a few sets of quality drill bits that I have used on knives previously and this steel has just laughed at them.
I was reading on another forum where someone ran into a similar problem so they cut a slot through the middle of the tang or wherever the pins were going with an angle grinder, drilled their holes in the scales, then filled everything with epoxy and glued up the scales and pins as normal.
In theory this sounds like it might work but I guess my concern is the fact that the pins won't be going through the steel and in my mind, it leaves the possibility of them moving or shifting somehow afterwards. Am I over thinking this? Drilling hardened steel can certainly be challenging, been there a few times including a saw blade knife. Are you using oil while drilling?
In my experience that helps a lot. To finish the second pin hole on my knife I ended up chucking a needle file in my drill, it worked far better than expected. Get a full carbide bit, or anneal it. SeanC Hobbyist Hobbyist. I have a lot of old bandsaw steel lying around because there are 3 mills where I live. It is hard to drill. I have had success with these cobalt bits. Though they will get pretty dull from just one knife.
Also you might go for Carbide bits, they are spendy but they will eat through just about anything. Bartnmax Scout.
Drilling hardened steel is always a challenge. There's two ways to approach it. The second way is to soften the steel. The problem here is that you really don't want to anneal the entire blade. After all, there's a pretty sure bet that's one of the reasons you're using that steel to start with.
So, the answer lies in localised annealing of the steel. You need to soften the metal at the points where it's going to be drilled. Here's a little trick an old gunsmith showed me many years ago.During these challenging times, we guarantee we will work tirelessly to support you. We will continue to give you accurate and timely information throughout the crisis, and we will deliver on our mission — to help everyone in the world learn how to do anything — no matter what.
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Learn more Explore this Article Preparing the Base and Materials. Drilling the Pin Holes. Gluing the Scales.Managed to get one done, but am having trouble with the other pin hole.How to make a knife handle step by step
Used an old broken file that I got out of the scrap bin at school before I finished last year. Have already hardened the blade and tempered it. Bought a propane torch, this fixed the problem of the other hole but this one will not heat up enough to anneal, is very close to the blade as it the whole thing is only mm long.
My best heat treated yet. Have got about a third of the way through, what should I do as I don't want to have to heat treat it again. Have scales made out of jeans I really want to try on this. You might have to - easyest way would be to anneal it again and leave it insulated for 24 hours then when youve really annealed the whole thing well - drill in your pin holes after ward you can concentrate on heat treating without the worry of buggering up a temper with haveing to anneal bits of the blade again.
Just my 10 cents. An old trick is to take a masonry drill bit and sharpen it - go oversize and then peen a brass in the hole and then drill to size in the brass.
Masonry bits are tungsten and if sharpened correctly drill through mostly anything. What I do with steel that can air harden or are a struggle to drill is punch a hole when hot where I need them then do the brass trick - I also forge to size and do my HT process before I work the blade - never afterwards - these new belts from Pferd work hardened steel like a dream so I never have a problem with warpage or wavy edges. You might be able to spot anneal it with a hot punch shaped rod.
Taper a rod to a small tip and heat it to red hot and hold it against the steel where you want to drill. The taper gives more mass to hold heat. A very small cutting torch could also spot anneal it Drillin hard mystery steel is tricky. Yoiu really do not know wot that file is made from and a big thing is whether it is an air hardening steel. If it iis it will take a full annealing to make it easy to drill. That part is not hard if yoiu know how and have the tools to heat it properly and cool it properly.
I have not tried the masonary bit, That would seem to be a first choice for this if yoiu have a way to sharpen it. A carbide bit will work for this if youi do it right. As mentioned above they break real easy. And they are not cheap at all. With the bit in a derill press and the blade clamped securely to a piece of mild steel yoiu can apply even pressure ,when the bit starts to exit the bottom it will break if you do not have it clamped to a back up or if there is a gap between it and back up steel.
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Is there any secret to performing this operation so that chip outs do not occur. You can apply a couple layers of masking tape on the polished surface, rub it down firmly and keep your fingers crossed. A diamond core drill would probably work wellalso.
BossDog KnifeDogs. Tape for sure. A technique used for drilling MOP might help. Use a hard plate to back up the exit hole.