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post #1 of 4 Old 03-22-2009, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Drilling a long hole in 2x2x12" oak

I need to drill a 1/4" hole starting at the center of one long end of a 2x2x12" piece of oak and coming out at the center of the other end. I have a power drill and a long bit, but no drill press. How can I drill this hole and be certain that the bit emerges from the center at the other end of the oak? Another way to do this would be with a router and 2 pieces of 1x2x12 oak, rout out a semicircular groove in each piece and then glue the pieces together to make a 2x2x12. But I don't have a router either. Suggestions appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-22-2009, 02:19 PM
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Since you don't have a router or a drill press, do you have a table saw? or a friend with a drill press. You don't have a lot of options other than drilling from each end to meet in the middle, the ol eyeball method. You could make a guide for your drill by using squares the same size as your work piece, locate and drill the exact centers 1/4" and then mount them inside a box which seats down on the workpiece a few inches.The 2 squares should be spaced apart enough to locate and guide the drill to start the holes accurately. That's a lot of work but it's better than the ol eyeball method. Good luck. bill
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Assuming you have a table saw or can cut the board accurately with a handheld somehow you can set the saw at 1/8" depth and make a few passes on each half to make a square profile hole then do the glueup. If you are imaginative you could do a cove cut on the tablesaw to get the halfround profile by running the board over the blade askew with the properly set angled guide.
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I had to do this to run lamp cord down a leg for a table lamp setup I was making. I had no problem drilling the hole. As long as there is no requirement for it to come out the exact center I would not worry. Just purchase a bit sufficiently long and have at it.

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