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leftcoaster

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05-14-2017 05:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press technique precision counterbore

I need to drill a 5/16” through hole with a 3/8” deep counterbore that is 3/4” in diameter.

What’s the best way to ensure that the 3/4” forstner bit is centered on the through hole after the bit change? Or should I drill the 3/4 first and then finish with the through hole?


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#1 posted 05-14-2017 05:42 PM

Using your 3/4in Forstner first will keep the 5/16in centered for the through hole.

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#2 posted 05-14-2017 05:57 PM

+1 Mike, larger size first

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#3 posted 05-14-2017 06:54 PM

And if you really wanted to be anal, go with 3/4in deep, 1/8in through, and then the 5/16in bit. This may help keep you from ripping out.

PLUS, don’t forget to use a “sacrifice” board underneath, as that also keeps the drill hole intact with NO tear-out.

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#4 posted 05-14-2017 08:33 PM

Forstners will generally self-center as long as you start with the largest dia and work down.

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#5 posted 05-14-2017 08:55 PM

Thanks everyone – really appreciate the help!

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