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Video: Sharpening Twist Drills By Hand – A 2 Part Video Tutorial

In the following two videos Barry Young walks you through the process of sharpening your twist drills by hand. There are a few other videos on the web showing this process, but none (at least none that I’ve found) show multiple angles and describe the process in as much detail as these videos do.

This is our first major video tutorial project with multiple camera views. We shot it in HD (1080p) with High Def cameras and then uploaded it to YouTube in HD (720p) which is as high a quality as YouTube will allow. But even at 720p the video is better than DVD quality.

Please leave your comments via the forum and let us know what you think. Our next videos will be on grinding your own HSS tooling (RH Tool, LH Tool, and Threading Tool), and then we plan to do a multi-cam video on single point threading.

However, your feedback is critical. We want to know your thoughts, good or bad. It would also be helpful to know if there are any other topics that you’d like to see made into videos.

Thanks!

Tyler and Barry

Video #1 of 2: Sharpening Twist Drills By Hand – Introduction

Video #2 of 2: Sharpening Twist Drills By Hand – Sharpening

 

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About Tyler

Tyler is a hobby machinist and 3D printing aficionado. He teaches computer programming and web development at Highline near Seattle. Tyler founded Projects In Metal in 2008 because he was frustrated by the lack of free plans available for hobby machinists.

15 comments

  1. Great video. Need more like that Does and Don't. I do learn by myself, but It's costly and time consuming. Good videos like these one are fast learning and show us exactly the trial and errors we have to try.

    Again, from Québec, thanks a lot 

  2. This was a great intro video set!  I might add a few points.  I would like to get a bit more about the terminology used for the various angles and faces of the bit.  The terminology is important when discussing special sharpening techniques for different metals or different desired results, and many of the terms carry over to other types of cutting tools.  I would have liked for Barry to specify the approximate clearance angle he was going for.  He made the point that there needs to be clearance, but was not specific about how much, and too much may be as problematic as not enough.  I also wondered what wheel types and grits are best for drill and tool sharpening.

     

    In future videos, I would like to see how the sharpening technique changes for small drills, say, less that about 1/8″, and sharpening for special situations, like breaking the lead edges when drilling brass.

     

    Thanks again for an informative and straightforward video!

     

    Jim

  3. harborfreight8x12

    This was excellent.  Very well demonstrated.  I have a Drill Doctor but it only goes to 0.500″.

    Thanks, Al

  4.    Very good plain basic drill sharpening video, also the best i,ve seen.

     (A pretty good job for a young fella.)  Ha Ha!!

     Certainly will recommend this video highly!!

  5. Thanks for the feedback guys! And I'm speaking for Barry as well. Positive feedback (even constructive feedback) lets us know that people are watching the videos and therefor our effort was worthwhile. 

    In future videos, I would like to see how the sharpening technique changes for small drills, say, less that about 1/8″, and sharpening for special situations, like breaking the lead edges when drilling brass.

    @jimryan2000 We are thinking about making a 3rd advanced video that covers more terminology and also talks about many of the topics you mentioned, including dubbing for brass. We even shot a drill geometry video, but the video quality was poor (we were using different non-HD cameras for that shoot) but in the interest of keeping the videos short we decided to cut the drill geometry info out of the re-shoot. But we will put it in for the advanced video. Thanks for the suggestions!