We featured the bottle lamps by Pastor Victor recently in one of our posts and learned in it that Pastor Victor was an amputee. Intrigued we asked him if he would share his unique jig that he uses to accomplish the drilling task.
Pastor Victor replied:
Here are pictures of my crude, but effective drilling jig. I used a 1/4″ piece of Plywood for the bottom, then 2 2″x4″ pieces screwed to it from the bottom. The jig is 9″ long, 10 1/2″ wide, and has a 1″ ratchet wrapped around the base of the drill press. I bought a wax ring at a local hardware for the bees wax. I have just finished drilling 20 bottles with the same beeswax, and drill bit (diamond core 3/8″), and did not have one problem at all. Love it. On the beeswax, just pinch a small bit off and put on the bottle, then form a hole in the middle of it. The same piece of wax will last you for many bottles. A little messier, but I find a lot easier. The ratchet strap holds the bottle in place very well, which is fine for us one-handers. LOL
Pastor Victor’s ingenuity has got to be admired here. We are so glad that he chose to share this with us and the rest of the bottle lamp readers. Let this stand as a testament to the power of human resilience.
Feel free to leave a comment and let us know how this inspires you.