Drilling Axle Holes In A Wooden Toy Tow Truck - 482847326

Drilling axle holes in a wooden toy tow truck using a drill press.
Drilling axle holes in a wooden toy tow truck using a drill press.

 

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Drilling axle holes for 1/4-inch axles can be challenging, especially when I need three axle holes to be aligned perfectly and square to the bottom of the truck. 


To ensure that the axle holes are square to the bottom of the truck, I align the drill press so that the table is square to the bit. This will help me achieve the perfect angle and precision required for the job. Once I have aligned the drill press, I must get the three holes to be the same distance from the bottom. I can do this by aligning the bottom of the truck body to the proper position, with the bottom of the truck tight against the fence.


Next, I drill the holes with a brad point bit to ensure accuracy and smoothness. I adjust the drill press depth so that the bit's point protrudes from the bottom just enough to locate the exit point. Once all the holes are drilled, the truck body is turned over, and the hole is finished from the other side. This process minimizes the risk of tearout.


While I could drill the axle holes with standard twist drills, getting holes without tearout when using these bits is challenging. Therefore, I use the brad point bit to ensure accuracy and smoothness in the axle holes. A dull twist drill will always drill a rough hole with tearout on the entrance and exit.


In conclusion, drilling axle holes for a handmade wooden toy tow truck can be challenging. However, following the above steps can achieve the perfect alignment and smoothness needed for the holes. This method will ensure that my toy tow truck looks great and works perfectly. 


Drilling axle holes in a wooden toy tow truck using a drill press.

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