Hard as Maple

The old saying is “Hard as H@#$!”  I now use the new, more accurate saying, according to me, which is Hard as Maple!

I recently decided I needed to repair one of the maple glass doors (shown in photo).  This was to be an easy task, simply to drill a couple holes in the maple (about an inch deep) with my ordinary electric drill motor.  The part that wrinkled my plans was the fact that I was drilling into the end-grain of the maple.

I first tried one of my old antique drill bits.  It came in a set of 40 year old Craftmen’s that I bought at an antique store some years ago.  I thought they were pretty sharp bits, given their age.  Unfortunately, ten minutes of hard drilling produced only about a quarter inch indent in the maple end-piece.  The bit was hot as hell!  Well, that’s another old saying.

So, I went to my toolbox and pulled out another bit.  This one was newer, purchased within the last couple years from a big box home improvement store.  I drilled and I drilled and I drilled.  In about five minutes, with quite a bit of smoke, I had my hole.  Maple end-grain is damned hard.  I wonder how it compares to steel?  There’s probably a reason they use it for the lanes of bowling alleys LOL.

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