How To Use A Bead Reamer

If you’ve never used a bead reamer it’s high time you started!

I offer two kinds of bead reamer.

One with a cone nose

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and one with a needle nose

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The difference between the two is how they’re used.  The cone nose is great at smoothing out the entrance of the hole through a bead, while the needle nose is great at smoothing out the inside of the hole.  Some beads are drilled twice, once from each side and they don’t always meet up in the middle.  The needle bead reamer is great for smoothing out things like that.

 

So how do you use a bead reamer?

There are several different techniques, but the first step is the same no matter which technique you prefer.  The pointy end goes into the hole in the bead.  After that there are few options.

You can spin the bead reamer while holding the bead still

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You can spin the bead while holding the bead reamer still

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or you can hold the bead still while moving the bead reamer in and out.  This technique is good for smoothing a specific side of the hole.

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And here’s a bonus picture just to make sure you get it!

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