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Tools for the Amateur Riflesmith
One type of drill that is often used in conjunction with the woodworking aspect of 'smithing is the Forstner™ style.
These allow drilling flat-bottomed holes in wood. As they have a small pilot, they remain centered, and won't wander or move sidewise in softer areas of the wood. This 7-piece set is $8 from Wholesale Tool and has worked very well for me.
Another kind of drill, rarely used in 'smithing, are the Silver & Deming style. Silver was a manufacturer of drill presses in the late 1890's. These presses did not have adjustable style chucks, but used a 1/2-inch socket with a setscrew. This meant that all drills used in the press had to have a 1/2-inch shank. Deming was Silvers' main competitor, and so, a series of drills, all with 1/2-inch shanks, called "Silver & Deming" were manufactured. Nowadays we have "jacobs" style chucks, so Silver & Deming drills are made only in sizes larger than 1/2-inch, from 33/64-inch to 2-inch, in steps of 1/64-inch to 1-31/64-inch and 1/32-inch steps to 2-inch
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