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    Drill the hole first

    Since this is my very first turning project ever, I can be excused.
    This was going to be a new handle for a skew. Didn't drill the tang hole first. Should have. Now, I don't see any way I can successfully drill a straight hole into the end. I'll probably just make a bonker out of this and start over. Only salvation might be to just clamp up in vise and try to hand drill.
    BTW, this is apricot wood I got from our drawing at the woodturners club. Hardest dang stuff. Won't cut/turn smooth. I thought seasoned Bradford Pear was among the hardest wood to turn I had encountered but this is worster. Not like OO or Cocobolo or some of those. They turn OK. This stuff resists. Rest of what I got is going into my scrap heap.
    Will find another hunk of wood for next handle. Probably mahogany, maple, walnut, sumptin but not more of this.
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    what about those donunt looking rings that adjust like a head band from the brain surgeons, frank.. wouldnt that support it well enough to drill a 3 inch hole
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    seems like u can turn the handle, chuck one end, support the other end with a steady rest and u should be in business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what about those donunt looking rings that adjust like a head band from the brain surgeons, frank.. wouldnt that support it well enough to drill a 3 inch hole
    Don't have a center steady for this lathe. I need to modify the one from my old lathe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Gonzagowski View Post
    seems like u can turn the handle, chuck one end, support the other end with a steady rest and u should be in business.
    Might try that. It would mar the wood but, at this point, it is almost ruined as a handle anyway, so 'wat the hey?'.
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    if the wood is that hard,why not use it for mallets

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    Hi Frank; It looks like it has a tenon or the makings of a tenon on the fat end. I have a Beall Collet Chuck with a 20 mm collet that could drill the hole. Send it to me. What size hole do you require?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ray hampton View Post
    if the wood is that hard,why not use it for mallets
    bonker = mallet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Cameron View Post
    Hi Frank; It looks like it has a tenon or the makings of a tenon on the fat end. I have a Beall Collet Chuck with a 20 mm collet that could drill the hole. Send it to me. What size hole do you require?
    Thanks Mack. I have chucks and plenty more wood. Turning a new one is not that big a project, probably less work than packing and shipping. My point is: DRILL THE HOLE FIRST. I just wasn't thinking when I started this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I just wasn't thinking when I started this.
    Been there, done that . . . come to think of it, I'm still there. Welcome to our world.

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