Baby Tender #6: Cutting Plugs

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 05-15-2010 05:00 AM 1209 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought a set of harbor frieght plug cutters and could not get the 3/8 plugs to fit my screw holes. The cutter burned even when going extremely slow in the white oak. I went to rockler and picked up another 3/8 plug cutter. I could tell from design alone it was superior. For one it cuts a tapered plug. Here is a pic of the rockler in the press and the junk one laying on the table.
plug cutter

Needless to say the harbor freigth plug cutters are going in the garbage. I’m so glad I finally got that figured out and here are the transom and stem plugs glued in.


-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 05:56 AM

That sounds like Harbor Freight all right.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

#2 posted 05-15-2010 09:50 AM

theres a reason you can buy tools so cheap at h f.because they are junk tools that no one else will sell.i know it looks good in the flyer they send you and it looks awsome on the shelf but its matter what color paint they put on it a turd is a turd

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 01:11 PM

I actually like harbor freight. There are some things that you should not get there but I have found quite a few things that it just doesn’t make that much difference. I think it just depends on the tool (i.e. the pipe wrenches from there work great as do the sledge hammers). On the other hand some things like plug cutters from them really are just junk.

-- Mike, Western New York

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Dan Campebell

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#4 posted 05-15-2010 01:22 PM

It seems a major part of the woodworking experience is cutting throught the hype and pitch of tool retailers and the manufacturers. In woodworking (as well as life), the rule you can depend on is that, “there is no such thing as free” and “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not. Keeping an open mind to new ideas and being skeptical at the same time seems to be wisdom of the experience.

-- Dan Campbell

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David Craig

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#5 posted 05-15-2010 03:14 PM

I had the same frustration with the big box stores and, I think you are right, the taper makes all the difference. Plugs with a straight cut do not seem to fit well, but with the taper, you get a much smoother fit. One of the items on my wishlist.

Thanks for posting,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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