Tang Bolt Jig
This works for those of you who have small drill presses like me. This is a short jig that allows you to center the drill bit and have sufficient room for both the drill bit and the gun. With the drill bit in the chuck, lower the drill bit and then center the lower pin in alignment with the drill bit. Now you can drill a 1/8" hole from the top down to meet the pin below. You drill half way down, flip the gun upside down and drill from the other direction. Now change the bit over to a #29 for a #8 or a #21 for a #10 tang bolt and open up the hole more. The initial hole drilled serves as a pilot for your bit. Works great!!
To make the lower jig, I purchased the following parts from the local hardware store.
Measure up from the threads 7/16" and draw a line. You will cut off the bolt here.
This will be the initial diameter you will grind the bolt shaft down to. Place the bolt into a small vise to make it easier to handle the bolt during this process.
Once this is done, then chuck the bolt into your drill press and using a 'safe' file. Work the file into the side of the bolt gradually to both square the shoulder near the threads and also reduce the diameter of the smaller shaft down to the 3/16" diameter.
I did not make a sharp point on the end, but rather left a small flat on the end.
From the bottom, I placed another washer and then the wing nut onto the exposed threaded portion of the jig.
Once the jig is located where you want it, you can use a crescent wrench to hold the top nut and allow tightening of the lower wing nut.
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