Rookie Mistake- solved

Bill J

Bill
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I just did a dumb thing and want to see if anyone has a good fix. I snapped off a 3/32 drill bit in purple heart. there's not enough sticking out to get a grip on with any tool (I tried them all). It's too small for a screw extractor. This is the base of a table leg, the screw was going to hold the leg in a jig for biased tapering so the only solution I have is to make the leg shorter.
Any good ideas?
 

creasman

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Jim
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Depending on where it's at you could remove a bit of material in order to get a grip on it, pull it out, then patch the spot with a scrap of purple heart. You could position the leg so the patch is not noticeable. It might help to provide a picture to the forum.
 

Oka

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Casey
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If you can plot the trajectory you can drill the other side and use piano wire (.050) to push it out, or tap it in and patch over.
 

cyclopentadiene

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If you are like me, a repair may not be seen by anyone else but you know it is there and it will haunt you forever. $25 more in lumber and you can make another leg. The piece can then be salvaged for another smaller project.
 

Bill J

Bill
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Thanks everyone. I thought I'd post a picture to show the unique issues of the problem. I already have many hours invested in this leg. It's made by gluing 1/4 maple sheathing over purple heart and the mortices are already cut, so making a new leg is very low on my solutions list. I couldn't drill in from behind and the bit is very small and snapped off clean. But Jim's simple suggestion worked. I was able to use an old chisel and chip out enough material to grab the bit with needlenose pliars.
 

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