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Old 08-12-2017, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I want to drill a 1/2" wide hole about 1/2 through. Question is how to chuck a billiard ball safely. Would use the Large Dedicated Pen Blank Drilling Chuck from PSI. Would chuck tight enough to secure ball without over tightening and leaving marks.
Would use duct tape around the 2 jaws and ball to secure. Does this sound reasonable or I'm I setting myself for an unsafe Mickey Mouse kind of improvisation.
I will add a small base to the drilled ball and use it for a desk top pen holder/stand. Thanks, Frank
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maybe this will help
http://content.penturners.org/librar...ball_clock.pdf
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we drill them in a 3 jaw chuck on a metal lathe using a center drill to start. I would use a forstner bit to drill the hole or at least to create a flat that your drill bit would not slide off of.
We have also drilled them on a drill press with a vice. There I used an end mill to create the flat before drilling through.
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Thanks guys
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Last year, I made a quick sphere chuck so I could drill and also, turn the foot on a sphere.
Notice the internal recess to hold the sphere in place. I brought the tail stock up to pinpoint the correct location center which I had decided upon.
I used the twisted wire as a clamp to avoid the lug and band of the hose clamp.
Since I was clamping a sanded sphere, I packed a rag in behind the sphere and used the hole in the back on the Dovetail side to slide a dowel through against the rag so I would not damage the sanded sphere as I pushed it out.

This was for a desk pen base. I drilled for the pen nib, flared the drilled hole accordingly, remounted the sphere to turn the foot in a location to give the proper angle for the pen when in the base.

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We have also drilled them on a drill press with a vice. There I used an end mill to create the flat before drilling through.
For now I'll wait until I find someone with a drill press.
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If you have smaller spigot jaws, they work well with masking tape around the midline of the ball. Center bit starting is helpful.

The balls will scratch, so the masking tape drops the risk.

Sharp bits and light pressure.
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If you have smaller spigot jaws, they work well with masking tape around the midline of the ball. Center bit starting is helpful.

The balls will scratch, so the masking tape drops the risk.

Sharp bits and light pressure.
No spigot jaws on board.
I will practice on a few 2nd hand balls. Someday I might work on a pool cue pen....the pen/stand will make a great combo.
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Drill a hole in a #1 ball and call it "A Hole in One"!
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Drill a hole in a #1 ball and call it "A Hole in One"!
Good one. tap tap. I'm learning the game of One Pocket...would definitely use the yellow #1 for my 1P buddies.

As for a Hole In One....golfers tend to wear 2 pair of pants in case they get a Hole In One.....I know BOO/GONG
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