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#1 posted 11-08-2012 02:56 AM

I have a set like Gsheperd’s, and it’s great for getting a huge variety and not having to worry as much about those smaller bits, especially the ones that go less than 1/16”. A word of caution though: always make sure the box is locked before you pick it up… it seems stupid, but I’ve done it twice, and sorted them without one of those hole gauges.

Brad points are great for accuracy, though. Get a set of those, even if they are just the basics, 1/8”-1/2” by 1/8ths is good enough for most tasks.

For boring, get a set of forstner bits and spade bits. The spades come in handy for drilling in questionable stock, or if you need a quick hole and saving wear on your forstner bits.

As for brands, I personally don’t even come close to being loyal to one. The HSS drill set mentioned only cost me $20 on sale, and even if the brand isn’t recognized they are great value. When it comes to your finer bits, such as forstners, you probably want to go with more expensive ones.

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