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    So I got this idea....

    Don't ya just love it when a post starts out like that? You KNOW someone did something stupid.

    I bought a set of forstner bits thinking I could use them to hollow out my shot glasses. Set one up on a chuck on my tail stock, brought it up to the wood and then it occurred to me that it wasn't boring into the wood but it caught it on fire instead. After about 30 seconds of head scratching it dawned on me that the wood was spinning in the wrong direction for the bit to cut.

    My lathe does not have reverse... So now I'm stuck. All I can think of is somehow attaching my wood to the tail stock and drilling with the head of the lathe, but I have no idea how I would accomplish such a task.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Croy View Post
    Don't ya just love it when a post starts out like that? You KNOW someone did something stupid.

    I bought a set of forstner bits thinking I could use them to hollow out my shot glasses. Set one up on a chuck on my tail stock, brought it up to the wood and then it occurred to me that it wasn't boring into the wood but it caught it on fire instead. After about 30 seconds of head scratching it dawned on me that the wood was spinning in the wrong direction for the bit to cut.

    My lathe does not have reverse... So now I'm stuck. All I can think of is somehow attaching my wood to the tail stock and drilling with the head of the lathe, but I have no idea how I would accomplish such a task.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    HUH! If your wood is spinning in the wrong direction, that's reverse! Or am I missing something?
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    hmmm...

    You know, you might be right. Now that I think about it. The wood spins toward me. I wonder why it's burning and not cutting.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Croy View Post
    You know, you might be right. Now that I think about it. The wood spins toward me. I wonder why it's burning and not cutting.....
    End grain cutting is difficult for Forstner bits!
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    Low lathe speed is important. What speed are you trying to drill at?

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    I drill all the often into end grain on the lathe with forstner bits. Slow speed, advance slowly and retract often. Pause ever so often so the bit doesn't over heat. Hard wood, even slower.
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    Some Forstner bits are made to sell and wont cut nothing stay away from the cheap bits.
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    Speed

    I tried to turn the speed down, still not much luck. I was using a 2" bit, maybe I'll try a smaller one and work my way up to the 2" again.

    Thanks for your help guys!
    Husband and Daddy is my primary job, the other thing I do is for money.
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    Bits

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    Some Forstner bits are made to sell and wont cut nothing stay away from the cheap bits.
    I bought Porter Cable bits, they at least USED to be mid to high quality tools.
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