Originally Posted by dr_zaius
I was specifically wondering how you drilled the holes in the saddle. Ive done it before, but i had to file flat spots in the rod before i drilled, and i was using a drill press and vice to hold the piece steady, no matter what i did, the bit wanted to wander. do you have a special jig for that kind of stuff?
Doc, if you go down to post number 5, you can see the jig or fixture I used to guide the drill bit. Primitive, yes...
just a 1/4 thick piece of aluminum and a drillpress vise. Maybe my neanderthal approach will help you come up with your own drillbit guide
but anyway, this is how I did it, and it worked pretty good.
For the threaded brass material, I tapped a hole and screwed the saddle material in to hold in place, but if you want to do plain rod saddles, continue reading down at the bottom of #5.
It seems to me if you didn't have a piece of aluminum lying around like that, you might be able to get away with using a piece of hard maple.