The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Drilling through a 4x4

drilling through a 4x4

How did we get a hole through a 4x4 next to a 2x6?

An extra long 5/8" drill bit with a medium sized electric drill.

It should come in handy if we need to use long carriage bolts again.

Anna Hess's books
Want more in-depth information? Browse through our books.

Or explore more posts by date or by subject.

About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

easy to make your own custom long bits, I've done it many times. Take a piece of cold rolled rod of the correct diameter, backbevel the rod a bit, clamp pieces to piece of angle iron, quick spot heat with torch to bump temp to 200-300 degrees,doesn't take much, tack, quickly rotate 180 and reclamp and finish weld & cleanup. Don't quench, let cool slowly either by sticking in sand etc The whole process takes less time then it takes to describe it. If you want you can let it cool a bit and then do your cleanup using something like a 80 grit wornout flap disc so you are actually pushing a bit more heat back into the welded spot so in effect it gives it a post heat. Just takes a few minutes to do but don't skip the pre and post heat. Bob.
Comment by bob Sun Jan 25 23:14:58 2015
bob-Thanks for the description of that process. I've often thought about learning some basic blacksmith skills. Maybe someday in the future.
Comment by mark Tue Jan 27 15:51:52 2015

profile counter myspace

Powered by Branchable Wiki Hosting.

Required disclosures:

As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies every time you buy something using one of my affiliate links. Don't worry, though --- I only recommend products I thoroughly stand behind!

Also, this site has Google ads on it. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to a website. Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to various sites. You can opt out of personalized advertising by visiting this site.