When it comes to boring deep holes in wood, it is hard to beat a Forstner Bit.
You probably have some spade bits to go with your drill. These are fine for limited use. They dull easily and are not easy to sharpen. The spade bit seams to overheat quickly. They jam up suddenly at that can be a knuckle buster. Holes sometimes get out of round when the bit travels too quickly while drilling.
You may also be familiar with hole saws. These are good for sheet goods like plywood and sheet rock, but are limited if you need to put a number of deep holes in wood. The wood plugs get stuck in the saw, the pilot bits like to break off if the drill jumps. These seem to get bogged down with sawdust creating more heat than you would like. The hole saw is versatile and gets the job done. But..
For clean, fast holes you need to upgrade to the Forstner bit. It eats through wood knots and cuts angled holes like nobody’s business. It cuts through various media, such as doors, without missing a beat. It doesn’t break easily. It stays sharp and can be resharpened. When used properly, it is a long lasting tool. These cut fast and will save you time. I have not had much issue with these binding up or bogging down a drill. These are smoother cutting due to them be self guiding. This advantage is due to the way the rim of the cutters is built. You will never go back once you try these babies out. Continue reading “Homesteading Tool Must Haves – Forstner Bit”