Any tips for making my own custom D-Drill and getting dimensions right other than sneak up on it, test it, and try again?
I often drill hing pins on gravity casting molds with 3 operations. They are simple operations, but still three. If I'm doing a batch of identical molds its no big deal. I run the same tool on all the parts with a self centering vise and never turn off the spindle. Then I swap the tool and run them all again. While that is certainly faster than swapping tools three times for each hole its still slower than having a custom tool.
I'm not even sure a D-bit drill is the right tool, but I can probably make one out of the shank of an old broken carbide mill with my tool & cutter grinder. Yes I am aware that I can have tools custom made, but I'd like to make this one myself.
I also am considering starting with something like a 3/8 carbide screw machine drill and grinding that to a series of diameters ending in a chamfer. When I get a nice chamfer the depth is correct. When drilling with the quill, this would also save a moment of setup. Because the tolerance for depth is relatively loose I'd no longer need to even set a stop. When I get a chamfer its deep enough.