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Fixture for drilling holes in leather belts

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  • Fixture for drilling holes in leather belts

    I made this fixture for drilling holes in leather belts.

    The channel holds up to ten belts at a time. The rivet hole near the buckle loop goes on the pin at the right end for indexing the location of the holes spaced evenly along the belt.

    The removable plates have notches that engage a pin on the fence that's installed on a drill press table. The plate slides under the fence, so the channel will be against the fence when the slot engages the pin. The space under the fence prevents chips from collecting where they would keep the fixture away from the fence.

    Each plate has two sets of notches for different belt lengths. The plates are flipped over to use the other set.

    That's going to be a huge improvement over marking and punching the holes on each belt by hand one at a time, and the fixture does a better job.
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  • #2
    I am curious on how well leather will drill.You may have to grind the drill differently to keep away from fuzzy holes.
    Then again,fuzzy holes aren't a bad thing.
    Last edited by 1-800miner; 09-30-2012, 09:25 PM. Reason: after thoughts


    • #3
      Make a hollow drill that is tubular,with an opening near the top for punchings to be ejected from and "rotary punch" the holes cleanly.


      • #4
        You might use a core drill if it's going to be motor driven. This is just a tube sharpened on the end. I don't think I'd go more than a couple of belts at a time though. The divets taken out by the drill will have to be pushed out of the core drill each time. It's quicker and neater than a punch, and you might be able to rig up an air-pressurized divet ejector- then you could almost drill continuously.
        I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-


        • #5
          Yeah, a paper drill would be perfect for this. Or as Darryl calls it, a core drill. A paper drill already has the chaff path built in.


          • #6
            We tried it with the regular drill he had on hand, and it cut very clean holes through a stack of ten belt scraps. He plans on getting some new drills for doing the real work, though. I'll mention the core drills, so he'll know about them if he runs into problems.
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