Drilling a perfectly centered hole. Why?
Got a lathe not too long ago and am waiting on my mandrel for some pens. Been reading alot of stuff about it and got to thinking: why is it so important to have a hole drilled perfecty through the center like everything says you should. If I locate the dead center of on side of a blank and drill through to the other side with a hand drill and my hole ends up being, lets say, less than half a degree off on that other side, why does that matter. In my mind I see myself taking in down to make a pen, and that sightly off hole will go away as I start knocking down the blank and make it round. I don't understand that as long as you have a "pretty much" straight hole, why the rest won't work itself out on the lathe? As I haven't had the chance to try it yet, what am I missing?
Thanks, hope my explaination makes sense!
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