New to the group. I need to drill two holes about 5/8" diam. for some
kitchen taps to fit them to 44mm solid oak worktops and have been
advised to use `forstner bits` for this job and wondered if group
members would rindeed ecommend these or any other way of doing it
Thanks for the quick reply Leon. The holes will actually be hidden by
the flange on the tap base. I did think about speed or spade bits and
wondered if the oak would be too tough for them?.
Steve you could probably buy 3 or 4 spade bits for 1/2" the price of a
Forstner bit. If the hole is not critical and will not show I would go with
the spade. In an electric hand drill the Spade would probably cut faster
than a Forstner bit. Basically Frostier bits will drill very clean and flat
bottomed holes. If you burn a spade bit up you may only be out a dollar or
Easily the best choice. At least to start the
hole and have a clean edge.
Don't know why everyone is afraid of hand tools.
Even with a large hole, e.g., 2-1/8, for locks,
you cab use one of those adjustable bits. Seems
that few people remember when electricity wasn't
always available and of course battery operated
drills weren't available. Same for hand saws.
> New to the group. I need to drill two holes about 5/8" diam. for some
> kitchen taps to fit them to 44mm solid oak worktops and have been
> advised to use `forstner bits` for this job and wondered if group
> members would rindeed ecommend these or any other way of doing it
Forstner bits do a great job if you need a clean hole; however, very
difficult to use with a hand drill.
I'd probably use a hole saw with a hand drill which will also provide a
From memory, 5/8" is the minimum hole saw size.
If you are willing to accept a garbage job, then think spade bit.
I'm not a pro but I agree with everybody who said a forstner bit doesn't
seem like the right choice. They're only 5/8 holes. Seems to me you could
get nice clean hole with an auger or brad point, or even a plain ol' normal
bit, long as you're careful and don't go too fast. Spade bit would be my
last choice. For some reason I just don't like using spade bits.
Forstner would work fine but you got to kinda "coax" it along with a hand
drill and unless you need a short hole with a flat bottom I don't know as
I'd worry about it.
Skip the Forstner bit.
Drill a 1/4" hole all the way through with whatever style of drill you
already own. Make the diameter larger by drilling from both sides with a
standard 5/8" twist drill.
Pick any drill bit you own that is approximately the same size as the web
(the straight across part that joins the two cutting lips) of the 5/8"
drill you plan to use. Drill all the way through to mark the location from
Since you are probably using a hand drill, don't make the pilot hole too
big or you'll have trouble with the 5/8" drill wanting to grab the sides
and make an UGLY hole. And a bruise or two.
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