I see sets of each type that cover roughly the same dimensions (1/8"
to 1"). I know Forstners are for truly flat-bottomed holes, and
brad-points don't walk compared to regular twist drill bits ... aside
from that, are advantages of one type over another?
If you could have a set of only 1 type for woodworking, which would
If you could have 2 sets, which would you drop?
Are there any specific sizes that are must-have for woodworking?
First get yourself a good set of brad point bits going up to 1/2". That will
handle the majority of your drilling work.
Then buy yourself a good set of forstner bits for the larger size holes.
I've got the spade bits also, but rarely use them. Spade bits are for more
rough work than I usually do.
People who favor brad points
I like them very much too, but how the heck can you resharpen those?!
All the fancy drill re sharpeners I've seen are for twist drills only-
I wouldn't have spade bits; I prefer carbide brad bits foor almost all
work but will use a Forstners when I have to. Forstners takes a drill
press so is kind of a bother. Try using a Forstners in a hand drill
and you will have an interesting time.
On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 09:57:07 -0500, Michael Press
On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 10:25:11 -0600, Lawrence A. Ramsey
I use forstners in a hand drill all of the time. the only place I
could see having problems is when you need to make a cut with a
significant part of the rim not contacting- an angled hole (pocket
hole style) or where the bit is hanging over the edge quite a ways.
if I need better accuracy than I can count on by hand I'll use the
drill press or a drill guide if the workpiece is too big for the
as far as the OP's question, the different kinds of bits are for
different purposes. there is some overlap of function, but generally
you should get the ones you need first, first. of the ones you listed,
the forstners are the most expensive, so will likely be the last
purchased, depending on your work.
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