Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Eastern Kentucky
Poor man's forstner bit
This is common sense really but some might not have thought of it, especially if you're new to woodworking.
A while ago, I was working on a small project that needed a few flat bottomed 1/4" holes drilled to recess some pan head screws. I just got a new drill press a week ago but have not bought any forstner bits for it yet. It occurred to me to throw a straight router bit into the chuck and just plunge the holes with it. It worked like a charm. I just set the chuck drilling depth and carefully plunged it right in.
Any plunge router would do this also, but set up would have been worrisome, not to mention the view would have been a lot more obstructed. The drill press left it wide open to see and all I had to do was move the board from mark to mark, plunge the hole, and move on again. As it happened, I was drilling straight sided wood so I could have used a router with an edge guide, but if this had been an irregular shaped piece that would not have been an option. So keep this in mind if you run into something like this. Router bits will work in a drill press on a limited basis.
Just thought any newbies here might appreciate that quick tip. I'm still a newbie myself in lots of ways so I was glad that idea occurred to me. Made things simple and fast.
Last edited by Duane Bledsoe; 01-22-2013 at 06:06 PM.