Drilling Tuner Holes on a Steel String Guitar
Today’s Tips du Jour Mailbag question comes to us from Canada.
“Robert, how do you keep from blowing out the veneers on the peghead when drilling the tuner holes? – Rob in Canada”
Well Rob, I usually say a few Hail Mary’s and have a swig of Everclear before I go to the drill press. That seems to help. No, I’m kidding. Seriously, there is a little technique for that. Let’s step over to the drill press and I’ll show you how to do it.
Alright Rob, so here’s the secret. Here’s your drill press. Set it up so that your drill press – of course, you’re going to be using a brad point bit anyway – but set it up so that just the tip of the brad-point is coming out the other side. You don’t want the whole drill bit coming out the other side. Then use your depth gauge on your drill press – set it so your tip is just poking out the other side. Then go ahead and drill your six holes. So there’s the six holes. Now to come in on this side and drill back the other way.
So Rob, if you try this technique I think you’ll find you’ll be able to drill six holes without getting blow out.