Holesaw Question

The small pieces of wood have gotten to be way too space consuming. I've got to get rid of most of them. However, I'm not going to just toss them. I'm going to use a holesaw to cut different sizes of circles from them first. I can use the circles for various projects. And, they'll take up less space, and be easier to store. Some are going to be bases for chess pieces.
The really good holesaw I had got munched awhile back. I've another that's not quite as good, but OK. And, two more I recently got at HF, one goes up to about 5".
I've found the fastest way is to cut halfway thru the wood, flip the wood, and go the rest of the way thru. But, then I have to shut off the drillpress, pull the circle out of the holesaw, and repeat. Even with 1/2" stock, this leaves enough material sticking out so I can just use my fingers and pull it out. This leaves a little ridge around the circle, which is no biggie, a little sanding takes care of that problem.
By the way, glue and stack about 4 smaller circles, and they make neat turn signal, or shift lever, knobs. Did that for my truck. But, if I do it again, I think next time I might glue them, then put them in the lathe, and sand them smooth while turning.
And, yeah, I know it'd be faster, more cost efficient, and so on, to just buy a bunch of wheels. But, it ain't happening. Yeah, I've looked, and not found an answer. My questions: Is there a faster way of cutting circles, then what I've outlined above? And, if there is, what?
JOAT "106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses." - Elwood
"Hit it." - Joliet Jake
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On Sun, 9 May 2004 11:29:07 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

there are cleaner ways to do it, and there are ways to do it without the center drill hole, bt unless you have a *lot* of them to make the hole saw will probably be your best bet. cutting the scraps up with the chopsaw or bandsaw and turning them on the lathe is probably the next bet. I'll guess that once you've gotten the tooling worked out it'll be about as fast.
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Best hint I could offer is, when you cut the wheels, get the hole saw blade very close to an edge of the board. That gives the saw dust a place to run/ fall out.
You might buy a small triangular file, those hole saw blades will need to be sharpened.
If you want to get fancy, it is possible to fashion a "stripper", find a spring that will fit around your center bit, somehow fix it up inside the hole saw blade, maybe welded to a washer. Makes it a little harder to push down when you drill, of course, but in a perfect world, it would push the new wheel out, you would never have to stop the drill press.
Or maybe not.... anyway- have fun with it, Joat!
-Dan
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Sun, May 9, 2004, 9:09pm (EDT-1) valleskey at comcast dot net (DanValleskey) says: <snip> If you want to get fancy, it is possible to fashion a "stripper",find a spring that will fit around your center bit, somehow fix it up inside the hole saw blade, maybe welded to a washer. Makes it a little harder to push down when you drill, of course, but in a perfect world, it would push the new wheel out, you would never have to stop the drill press. Or maybe not.... anyway- have fun with it, Joat!
I think I'll just stick with stopping the drillpress each time, and pulling them out.
If you fastened the spring insite the holesaw, then it'd rub on the wood. If you just stuck it in there, it'd rub on one, or the other, or both. And, if it wasn't fastened in, it'd drop out evrery time it popped a circle out. No prob. I'll just cut circles 'til I get tired, then I'll toss the rest.
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well, like I said- maybe not!
You'll have plenty of kindling anyway. I get rid of excess kindling, I put it in a box, set it on the street, with a sign- "free".
-Dan
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