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    Hand Reamer Vendors?

    Anyone know where I could get a decent hand reamer for tapering out screw holes?
    David

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    Are there hand reamers for this?

    Most of what have come my way fit in a brace.

    I use something like these:

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    They drill the pilot hole, clearance hole and countersinks the top. If you go a little deeper then there is room to cover it with a plug.

    In the past I have also used a drill bit as big as the head of the screw to make a countersink.

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    Thanks for the reply Jim, but not what I am looking for. I seem to recall seeing a tool shaped like a screwdriver-type handle with a countersink gizmo attached to the end of the handle. It looked like you inserted the countersink into the screw hole and then gave the handle a twist to ream the screw hole out for tapered screws. I have googled without any luck after looking at LV and LN offerings. I thought I had originally seen it in LN's offerings a couple of years ago but my hard drive is definitely full and who knows where I did see it. Thanks anyway.
    David

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    Gimlet....both "T" handled ones, and for use in a brace.....I have at least one of each in the shop...

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    Is this what you are looking for?

    https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/...ink-?node=4084

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Stutz View Post
    You must have better Google Fu than me Mark.

    jtk
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    Also Google Noga.

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    Not really. I just remembered they were there. At one point I contemplated buying some countersink bits and making a handle to use by hand. Never did find the round tuit, though.

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    Exactly what I was looking for (although perhaps at a less-than-LN cost) Mark. Thanks a lot. I looked at the LN website last night and it never revealed itself to me. It also seemed like a couple of their other non-plane, non-chisel type tools were not showing up either, so apparently I was not navigating their site very well. I also like your idea of making one. I don't turn, but how hard can it be to make a handle for occasional use.
    David

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    Lee Valley has one as well (of course) --- I bought one a while back, and have been very pleased w/ it:

    http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardware...=3,41306,41328

    Love the octagonal shape and that it doesn't roll when put down.

    Harbor Freight has one as well (Warrior brand: 3-In-1 Hex Bit Countersink Tool) which I keep thinking I should grab for abuse and metal-working (but then I remember how the countersink bit from there wore down just countersinking 4 holes in not too hard steel plate and decide better).

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    Rockler also has them. With 3 changeable bits.

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    I have the LN, it always manages to leave chatter. I have one from LV that chucks into a drill (you can use it in a handle instead) it's concave with a hole that terminates in a cutting edge, that one always leaves a smooth chamfer.
    Bumbling forward into the unknown.

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    I agree Brian. It is kind of trial and error with countersink bits. I have one that excels that I use in an eggbeater drill. The LN one doesn't seem to be sharp enough to cut smoothly, and of course it is very low rpm.

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    Thanks William. So, looks like my LV search was faulty as well. I searched their catalog database for a "hand reamer" instead of a "countersink". Basically, both my searches last night were faulty. Oh well, good thing SMC is here to save the day. Thanks Lonnie, I will check them as well.
    David

  15. Not what you were asking for, but...... I get pretty good results with a countersink bit in an eggbeater drill.

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