Before and after:
a few swipes of the china
marker over the end of the
drill bit quickly makes the
drill bit stamping jump out.
EASY TO READ
BY CHARLIE BECKER
NOW THAT I’M ON the other side of 40, reading
the stamped number or letter on a drill bit shank
is nearly impossible. Here is a tip I picked up from
a woodworking magazine that will make this problem go away. Buy a white or yellow “china marker”
from your local hardware or hobby store. (I bought
a white one at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents). ;en
simply rub the stamped shank to fill the grooves,
and wipe o; the excess. Voila, an easy to read drill
bit…even for someone over 40!
A BRIGHT COLOR ;YELLOW or white) china
marker works best. When you go shopping for
one, don’t be surprised if the sales associates
don’t know what you’re talking about. Some
stores call them grease pencils. At hardware
stores, they’re often found in the tile section.
Don’t give up; they do exist!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BONNIE KRATZ
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Graphical Engine Monitor with EGT history
Dual AHRS - Auto-cross check. No degradation with loss of an AHRS; no
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Synthetic Approach with highway-in-the-sky to any runway
Extensive Lateral and Vertical autopilot coupling expands autopilot
XM Weather, TIS Traffic, Stormscope, ADS-B,
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8 serial ports in/out, 8/14 analog inputs/outputs, ARINC 429 for today and
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Primary Flight Display with synthetic vision
Moving Map with shaded relief terrain