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January 10th, 2012, 08:53 AM
Hi, I am new to sculpture. I don't have a lot of experience with hardware of sculpture. What kind of drillers do you guys use for making the base stand? Does it have to have certain patterns, so you can screw in patterned rods? Can all drillers both drill holes and screw bolts?
What drillers do you recommend?
January 10th, 2012, 04:21 PM
Get yourself a cordless (ie: battery powered) drill-driver - it's one of the most useful tools you can get. It will both drill and screw (and other useful things).
If you're not using it much you can pick up a pretty cheap one, of course the more you spend the better it gets, but for light use anything 12v or more will do the job. I have an emergency spare drill I picked up at a supermarket for a pittance, it's pure crap compared to my 18v Makita... but it does drill holes and twist wire, and has saved my arse on more than one occasion. :)
Also pick up a small assortment of HSS drill bits (suitable for metal) and possibly a spade bit or two, so you can drill shallow holes wide enough to recess nuts and bolts into the bottom of your base if needed. Some drills even come with these free in the box.
January 10th, 2012, 07:37 PM
Is it recommended to buy an expensive one?
Here is where I will be buying it:
January 10th, 2012, 09:00 PM
If you can afford it get one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Makita-BHP452HW-18-Volt-Cordless-Percussion-Driver/dp/B001ASC6UI/ref=pd_cp_hi_1 - awesome bit of kit, will do pretty much anything you need it to and last for years. :)
Don't feel you need to spend a lot though if you're only doing some light base-making etc though. The above drill is something a full-time professional joiner would be happy with.
January 11th, 2012, 10:34 AM
You are from New York? I lived in NY for 10 years...damn i miss the city.
It is not really necessary to buy an expensive one, just buy one that is not just "cheap" made so it will last longer.
I bet you can find good deals at Home Depot. I bought, back in 2000 a Dremel kit and an electric drill from them and im still using the same (except the drill cause the 120 volts and 240 volts difference to Europe) until now to make all the bases for my sculptures.
January 11th, 2012, 01:51 PM
There's no need to buy an expensive one. Just buy from a reputable brand, not some off-brand no-name cheap thing. I have a little Black&Decker I picked up for $40 or so, not super heavy duty but it'll put together armature stands (and put shelves up on your walls!)
January 16th, 2012, 05:57 PM
No need for something expensive. I can attest that the Black and Decker Drill from the first picture is just perfect since I own one. If you don't have a drill around the house, go ahead and buy a good one, since They're one of the most useful household power tools. The kind everyone should have. It doesn't necessarily need be cordless. Remember plug tools have WAY higher power, torque, and are cheaper. If you must have cordless, buy Black and decker or Makita. If not, Buy a good one still, but you'll save up more.
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