Hey Todd, i saw your post about drilling the tang slot. i was in your same position not too long ago, actually just yesterday i got an extra long drill bit, that works great. but back before i had it, i drilled as far as i could with the bit, and then i used a needle file to really get in there. just kinda stabbed it in and out, while it is primitive, it works. but what can work even better is to get a long nail, and hammer it in there so you get that hole deeper, even faster. just make sure you mark the nail to where you want to stop going down so you dont break through to the bottom of your burl. unless that is what you want to do.
Welcome aboard, Todd. the American Colonial period, eh. Back in the day, I was always looking at the role of Chance in History. Looking at pivotal events and the eventual consequences. For instance if Benedict Arnold had been given proper credit and been recognized for promotion by the Continental Congress instead of being charged with corruption by people jealous of his successes.