Step 5: Make the hole for the screw

This hole has two functions. The first one is to make sure that the shaft is secured in the handle, a mechanical protection aside from the glue we will use later. The second function is that this hole allows that the air can go out if we will glue the shaft in later on. This screw has nothing to do with the alignment from the top of the racket, the frame to the handle.

Mark where the hole has to come. Measure it from the top or align the shaft next to it (see picture). This hole has to come on one of the two wider sides from the handle.

Use a 2 mm drill and use a drilling machine. Carefully drill the hole until you feel that you reached the middle of the handle (the space where the shaft fits in). Make sure that this hole is aligned correct by inserting the shaft, I used a nail to verify this. If this is not good, have a second (and last!) chance on the other side of the handle. If it is okay, use a 4 mm drill and drill just a few millimeters into the wood so that the head of the screw will be countersunk in the handle.
How many u shaped pins should there be and how many are needed for the repair? I have 5 holding the cap on to the bottom of my broken handle, and I remember binning one which came out of the top of the handle when it first broke (before I read from you that it is repairable). Thanks
Hi, I had the number of U-pins that is visible in the picture. Thus 4 long ones for the bottom cap and 2 two short ones that were holding one side of the grip if I recall that correct. So you only need the bottom ones. So 5 are more than enough. Also you could use some very small nails. Good luck!
<p>thanks for your reply! <br>okay so I should be alright with 5 then.<br>Thanks ^_^ I hope this works haha</p>
<p>Thanks ! I used your technique to make a Junior racket out of a broken racket.</p><p>The shaft broke, and the racket is now 3 inch shorter, which is ideal for my kids :)</p>
Wow! <br>I was searching for diameter for shaft, as I don't have racket with me and found that someone has repaired his shaft. <br> <br>And You know what - I did it in same manner (as in Latvia we don't have new shift in shop ) <br> <br>Great work with instructions ;) <br> <br>Right now going to repair my 3rd broken shaft :P
Cool! I'm happy that I could help somebody with my Instructable! <br> <br>And also good to know that other people try to repair their rackets too :D. <br>Good luck with your repair! I hope it works out. My two repaired rackets are still in the race :).
I repaired first racket about 6 months ago and still playing too)) <br> <br>Have You thought about making handle lil bit longer (0,5-1cm)? <br>Would be a good impact on long shots, but not sure on short ones))
Super :). No haven't thought about that. Are you trying it?
I will make it 0,5 longer, but hard to say if I will feel big time changes. <br>Cos I changed to an another type of strings too. <br>But for sure I know that it is much harder to play for long shots with shorter handle - my previous made handle by mistake is lil bit shorter.
The one I fixed in this Instructable is also a little bit shorter. I blindly used the bought handle and didn't noticed that the shaft insertion hole of the handle was a little bit deeper than needed. The other one is fine. If you think the longer handle is better, let me know :).
beautifully done!!!!!....
let me gues... you fixed it with glue! right? <br>
Fantastic job - your photos are great. :D
Thanks! :D

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