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    that's what I'm here for. haha!
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    Find John Perry MS and order both sizes of his handle broaches. You will be glad you did.

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    For sideways cutting you can also use Foredom cutting drills, they come in thinner than 1/8" but you will need the matching collets for them and they don't go very deep: http://www.foredom.net/drills.aspx I use them to clean out the ferrule slots a little bit before I switch to files. Just be careful with the heat again - at 15,000 RPM the material heats up quite fast...

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    Bill, I can make broaches and such, I have done so many times over the years in making jewelry. I just haven't gotten around to it yet! I've seen John Perry's and will use them for inspiration.
    Stefan, the area near the opening is not the problem, I have that covered, it's the 1 1/2 to 2 inches at the bottom of the hole that are the issue! The 00 files that I'm using work but are just a bit slow, so I will make a broach out of some of the plentiful scrap pile of O1 that I have in stock!
    I really appreciate all of the helpful suggestions and tips from everyone, and I am making progress!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    .... so I will make a broach out of some of the plentiful scrap pile of O1 that I have in stock!
    So, how much will you sell the extras for I could use some...

    Stefan

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    I dont know if you have a surface grinder or not but a broach can be made very easily from an old file with one, as long as you have a stone for it.


    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    Bill, I can make broaches and such, I have done so many times over the years in making jewelry. I just haven't gotten around to it yet! I've seen John Perry's and will use them for inspiration.
    Stefan, the area near the opening is not the problem, I have that covered, it's the 1 1/2 to 2 inches at the bottom of the hole that are the issue! The 00 files that I'm using work but are just a bit slow, so I will make a broach out of some of the plentiful scrap pile of O1 that I have in stock!
    I really appreciate all of the helpful suggestions and tips from everyone, and I am making progress!

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    I've made similar tools for working with hard carving wax. I use a small cutoff wheel with diamond surface in a flex shaft machine and just cut whatever teeth I need. I finished the hole for the tang today with some coarse cut wax files now it's on to the final shaping of the handle!
    Spike C
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