Friday, 14 November 2008

Pictorial guide to drilling dominos

This is how I drill dominos. I drill them in bulk! I get the tools ready - a cordless drill and drill bit, a wooden board, a foam block, dominos, masking tape and a marker pen. Tip: Do check the drill is charged up... nothing worse than starting and then having to charge it!!

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Line the doms up and tape them together, spotted side up (makes it easier to centre the hole).

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I use an old wooden pizza board under the foam block in case I get carried away drilling! I find the foam good for doms which have the brass bit in the middle... Here they are taped to the foam and I have used a Sharpie to mark where to drill on the masking tape, which stops the drill bit from sliding all over the domino.

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These are mini dominos for the earrings I am making - it isn't that the board is huge!!! Now for the drilling:

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Light, but firm pressure on the dom with the drill bit - do check if yours has reverse, that it is in the 'forward' mode. I have often been drilling in reverse and wondering why I am not getting through the domino! How blonde can you be?!

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Reverse neatly back out of the hole...

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et voila! 10 neatly drilled dominos, no blood, and very little mess!

Credits: DD for taking the photos and DH for letting me loose with his power tools!! I hope that helps - it's like everything else - just a matter of practise. :)

A note from Julie : Thanks for a great tutorial Rosie ~ For further inspiration you can visit Rosie's fantastic Blog HERE

4 comments:

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi I am new to your blog and I love it! I was doing a search on Christmas planners and found your post from last year. I would love to post about it next week on my blog and link to your post, would that be ok with you. All next week I am doing posts on Chrsitmas planners and organization. Please let me know and that would be great. Debbie
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Machin Stamps said...

Hi, Thanks, I'm off to the shed for the drill now.
Do you have any tips on how to drill into the top edge? I can only think that I will have to use the clamp.

A quick heads up whilst I'm here, Tesco's are doing sets of dominos in a tin ( just right for altering) for just £2

Shanarun said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I have seen art on dominos, but not a drilling method! Can you recommend a drill bit size that works on standard size dominos? (If you have any spare time to answer!) :) Thanks.

Anonymous said...

To drill down through the domino,try using a drill press and some kind of jig to hold it perpendicular.