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treesner

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07-16-2016 04:56 PM

what’s the technique for drilling holes in plywood (baltic birch) without getting splintering? I’ll be making holes with both forstner and breakpoints using a hand drill. What kind of speed should i run the drill at before going into the wood?


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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 07-16-2016 05:00 PM

Breakpoints are gonna splinter to some degree no matter what you do. I’ll start with a forstner on one side and finish on the other. Seems to work well enough for me.

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Bill White

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#2 posted 07-16-2016 05:30 PM

It is FORSTNER if you will. Ain’t no such thing as a “forester” bit, and the Forstner bit are the best way to achieve what ya want.
Not tryin’ to be a smart a$$, just makes it easier for us to understand what you’re tryin’ to accomplish.
Next, what sized hole, what speed are ya running, etc.?
Bill

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treesner

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 05:32 PM


It is FORSTNER if you will. Ain t no such thing as a “forester” bit, and the Forstner bit are the best way to achieve what ya want.
Not tryin to be a smart a$$, just makes it easier for us to understand what you re tryin to accomplish.
Next, what sized hole, what speed are ya running, etc.?
Bill

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I have some 1/4 holes i need to drill in the top for small removable dowels and 1.5” holes for drawer pulls

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MrRon

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#4 posted 07-16-2016 05:40 PM

I find the higher the speed, the less splintering I get. You also need a backer board so you don’t get “tearout” on the back side. Make sure the bit is SHARP.

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#5 posted 07-16-2016 05:42 PM

Tape and backer board with a forstner

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clin

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#6 posted 07-16-2016 09:31 PM

I realize the OP didn’t give this as one of his options, but wouldn’t a brad point bit be the best choice. And I agree a backer board is a must.

-- Clin

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#7 posted 07-17-2016 06:51 PM

Forstner bits should be run at high speed.

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 07-18-2016 11:25 AM

A good quality brad point (like the LV lipped bits) will really do a nice job if you put a backer board against it. I’ve good success with forstner bits as well, same thing …a backer board. Between the 2, the brad point seems to be more clean.

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MrRon

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#9 posted 07-18-2016 08:54 PM

Since you will be using a forstner bit for the 1-1/2” hole, it will be difficult to do using a hand drill; you really need a drill press for that.

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devann

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#10 posted 07-18-2016 09:50 PM

+1 what Clin & Fred said. Brad point and a secure backer board.

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runswithscissors

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#11 posted 07-19-2016 07:06 AM

I don’t like forester bits smaller than 3/8” inch, as they clog easily and don’t clear the chips. Brad point (by the way, what is a “breakpoint” bit? I’ve never heard of this) bits are better in the smaller sizes, especially good quality ones.

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