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How to drill perpendicular to end of stick ?

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New to this forum, and to learning how to make walking/hiking sticks.

A question I have is :

How do you drill straight, perpendicular "end-on" holes into the end of a curvy stick ( not a perfect dowel).

I'm trying to drill into the ends of a rather tall hiking staff , which is taller than the florr mounted Drill press I have.

I've been looking at plans on how to build a horozontal drill/boring jig, and playing around with the idea of getting 2 x-y cross-slide vise to hold the top and bottom ends of the stick , to be able to adjust the alignment to a drill. Then looked at mounting my unimat with drill configuration mounted on the lathe bed, to be able to move the drill head. Other thoughts are to find one of those jigs that allows you to strap in an ordinary hand drill to "create" a cheap drill press....but still the problem of either moving the drill to drill into the stick, or vice-versa, moving the entire long jig holding the stick.

How do you all do the end-on perpendicular drilling ?
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That is one of the advantages of having Shop Smith. This site hav a simple one
I watched you videos stickwithdave, I like your process of attaching the topper and plan to use it. I can see advantages. However, I think that when there is a problem with a threaded steel rod it is because the length of the rod is too short and or the rod is too big leaving thin a side wall. I never use a rod larger than 5/16" in diameter. ( 7.9MM I think). I go a minimum 31/2" ( 89mm) in to the shank. I go to with in 3/4" (19mm) of the top of the topper. I have never had a issue with a stick doing that.
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