I recently purchased a cheap set of boring forstner bits. It had a
hinge bit that looks really rough to begin with looks like a rough saw
on the sides. I found it didn't do very well, even on a drill press
(Max RPM 3800). So I need to find something better to use, I don't need
anything to expensive, I don't plan on doing a lot of hinges. Thanks in
If you plan on doing a lot of 35mm hinges, put out the approx. $30 for the
Freud 13/8 carbide forstner bit. Works good and last a long time.
Woodworker supply also has their own branded carbide forstners that are
cheaper and probably just as good in a none production environment.
I've used a couple of different bits over time to bore for these hinges,
mostly with acceptable results. Recently I bought a cheap bit at Lowes
because I couldn't find the bit I had used last time I needed one (read:
mess). I paid $11.00 for it and considered that at least it was cheap and
that's the price I had to pay for letting things get out of hand in my
garage. I bored a few holes with it and every one was flawless. No doubt
in my mind I could get a lot more use out of it.
Lots of vague terms above... "a few", "a lot more". I can't really quantify
those terms better with any accuracy. Suffice it to say that it's my
experience that for occasional use this cheap 35mm bit is all that I'd need.
If I were building cabinetry on a regular basis as a contractor, I probably
wouldn't rely on this bit, but I'm not. I'm certain I could build an entire
kitchen's worth of cupboards using it though.
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