Customs: Drilling?

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  1. Rhinox555

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    Ran into difficulties with Warpath today, so no update yet.
    Basicly, i'm entirely new to drilling, any advice?
     
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    I unfortunately only have a dremel and some drillbits.
     
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    High speed drills are not good for percision.:( 

    You should really invest the $8-$10 for a pin vice, you'll thank me.:wink: 
     
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    Seems my Warpath hits some delays then, i'll head out to a store tomorrow.
    Once i get one of those pin vise things, how the hell do i use it lol.
     
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    Do you need any sort of equipment to attach the Pin Vise to?
     
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    I'm wondering about that as well.
     
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    Well, it really depends on how precise these holes need to be. What do you need to do exactly?
     
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    How about in general? Any hole that cant be formed from a drill? I mean, it has to be automated right (or does it???)? I can't imagine using my fingers twirling the device till it bites through the plastic. Hehehe.
     
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    Nope! A pin vise is just a small cylindrical handle with a collet (or set of collets) and a twist to tighten chuck. That's all fancy talk for a clamping system that holds your drill bit tightly. Pin vises can usually accept drill bits up to 4mm. diameter and all the way down to fractions of a millimeter!

    They work by hand turning them like a screwdriver. I know, it may sound like a slow process, but a nice sharp drill bit and a pin vise is just as quick as fumbling round with a high speed drill, and MUCH more accurate! It also helps to keep a small pointy object around to make a little pin-prick dot for a starting point, as some of the micro sized bits may wander a tad when you start turning them on curved surfaces.

    And let the drill bit do the work! You don't have to put tons of pressure on it, you can easily break bits that are .1mm and such.

    Here is a couple shots of a pin vise in action from a tutorial I made on articulating Legends Class Hound:
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    The pin vise was indispensable for articulating Hound (and the Swindle version ) The results!:
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    So get a pin vise and some bits and you will be much better prepared to execute your ideas! You'll wonder how you ever lived without one!:thumbs2: 
     
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    Wow! Thanks..Hehe. Silly me. Didn't know such a contraption is even around. Seems darn handy.
     
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    Time for me to look for a pin vise then.
    You got a link to that tutorial? i'm somewhat bothered by Legends class Hound's lack of articulation.
     
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    I never submitted it, I made for a fellow board member. I have it saved in my emails, so I'll post it up and let the Mods do what they wish with it. Give me a minute here and I'll post it in Radicons General Discussion!:thumbs2: 
     
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    Cool.
     
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    I was lucky enough to find one today and I haven't used it yet, but as soon as I look at some tutorials of how to use it. I'm do some stuff for my customs.
     
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    That's funny, I've been using my 18Volt Dewalt for any of the drillings I need to do. The bigger the holes, the tougher it is cause sometimes the bits just want to run rampant. Sometimes I would use the drill bit in reverse and have friction melt a perfect hole right through. So much out there to learn.
     
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    Hey gang, I thought it might be helpful if I posted this excerpt from a conversation Rhinox555 and I were having on the subject. You can refer to my previous post to check out a pin vise "in action"

    Here is the excerpt:

    You actually just turn it by hand like a screwdriver. Sounds primitive I know, but with good bits it's just as fast as a Dremel or drill, with far superior accuracy and control. On curved surfaces I usually take a sharp pointy tool (I have a very small scratch awl) and put a small pin prick indent on the surface to be drilled, this helps prevent the bit from "wandering" away from your exact spot you want drilled. It's a pretty good idea to do that on all surfaces really.

    I must say once you start with a pin vise you won't go back to a drill, in my opinion!:thumbs2: 
     

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