Rings Splintering When Drilling?

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Brian asked 2 months ago

How do you prevent your wooden rings from splintering is m the bottom side when you drill them?

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Brian answered 2 months ago

If you are having a problem with the bottom side of your ring making blanks blowing out on the drill press, causing excess splintering, it’s a pretty simple solution.

All you need to do is put a piece of scrap wood underneath your ring blank, which will hold the bottom side of the wood together as you drill through it.

Clamp everything firmly down to the drill press table or your bench in the case of using a hand drill, that way the pieces don’t separate while you’re drilling.

Then, drill all the way through the ring blank and just a little way into the scrap underneath.

The scrap and the blank behave almost like one piece of wood when they are pressed together tightly. This will prevent and minimize fibers from blowing out on the other side.

If you are making multiple rings, be sure to move your scrap around underneath the blank between drilling so that way a nice section of flat wood is underneath the hole.

If you continue to drill in the same spot, you won’t have that flat wood underneath your ring blank anymore, so just move it a little to the left or the right and drill through a fresh part of your scrap every time.

Happy building.

See Also: How to Protect Your Rings from Blowout

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