counterboring a 2 5/16" hole?

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Forum topic by Bugzy posted 01-31-2016 11:39 PM 688 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2016 11:39 PM


Recently purchased a Veritas front Vise that require a couple 2 5/16” counter bored 1/2” holes to insert a circular brace/support. How would you drill these holes? Just getting into woodworking a little more serious.

The only thing I can think of Is a hole saw an chisel, as I can’t find a bit big enough.

I I missing something obvious?

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 11:48 PM

Forstner Bit?
And, if you have a brace type drill, an expansive bit can cut that big a hole.

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 11:53 PM

Drill a hole in some plywood or MDF with a hole saw, and either screw it or stick it to your part with double sided tape, and use it as a template with a top bearing pattern router bit.

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 11:55 PM

Thank you!

I had never heard of a forstner bit before. I’m going to look into it as appears to be what I need as long I can get the correct dia.

Lumberjocks does it again!!

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 11:59 PM

You might want to also look into a Irwin expansion bit. It would be more versatile foe future use

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#5 posted 02-01-2016 12:01 AM

Forstner bit is the right tool:


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#6 posted 02-01-2016 12:59 AM

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#7 posted 02-01-2016 01:33 AM

That Forstner bit is pretty pricey to drill 2 holes. I have used the template/router method and it works great.

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#8 posted 02-01-2016 01:40 AM

I just added the router and router table to my arsenal a couple months back so I may use this as an excuse to add another bit to the library.

Thanks for all the help and recommendations. The hole saw and plywood/hardwood template is a great idea….. again new to a lot of these ideas.

Cheers everyone,

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