Drilling Pen Blanks with a Radial Arm Saw (RAS)
I have also drilled pen blanks using a drill chuck attached to a radial arm saw (RAS).
An advantage is being able to use a longer drill bit because of the long parallel travel of the motor.
A disadvantage is that the drill chuck would only take up to 8 mm pen drilling bits.
I could not find a larger drill chuck that would fit on the threaded motor shaft on my RAS made in 1973.
The motor runs at 3450 rpm, so the safety minded workers should be happy.
Attached are a series of images that show the layout.
In the pictures, nothing is shown attached to the saw.
The drill vise holding the pen blank, must be aligned and securely anchored to the table.
Last edited by allbarknobite; 05-18-2012 at 11:46 PM.