After reading about making bodkins with needles, I felt the need to complain
about the extreme perfectionism.
Cheapest and easiest is stick a needle backwards into the eraser end of a
pencil. If the eraser is worn out, or if you're using a dowel, put the
needle into your vise with about a quarter inch sticking out and tap the
pencil/stick/old ballpoint onto the needle gently. Pretty? No. Functional as
the best - certainly.
Time at the bench is time not on the water. ~ Michael D. Hurley
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