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Forum topic by AWood posted 01-17-2011 06:49 PM 1464 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2011 06:49 PM

Gentlemen I finally got my drill press work station set-up (table/fence and drawer). I have a sanding drum( adopted from a Sears Radial alarm saw accessorie), a 3/8 plug maker, and a few (set of 7) Brad Driill bits. What I am interested in is getting a good set of forstner bits and completing the brad drill bits. I’m not looking at anything from “off shore”.... quality and practical price. I am looking at the Freud name Diablo… a set of 16 (carbon steel- Lee Valley 196.00) Anyone have an alternative brand? What size range would you recommend for a complete set for ordinary work in a shop. I am building odd hardwood furniture tables, cabinets, etc.. Any other accessories one might consider for the drill press (outside of a mortiser set up)?

-- AllWood

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 08:35 PM

I have a set of WoodRiver Forstner bits from Woodcraft. I have no idea where they are made but in terms of quality I am very happy with them. I use them pretty often and they have remained sharp and cut well. I cant imagine the Freud bits which are 3 times the price cutting much better, at least not enough to justify the price difference. Just my opinion though, I have never used Freud bits.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 09:06 PM

I have a portercable set I got at Lowes it works pretty good for what I use it for which is almost soley counterboring for plugs.

-- slowing down with bring you greater speed then going fast

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 09:07 PM

My set goes from 1/4” – 2 1/4” it covers most of my needs.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 09:35 PM

I’m quite happy with my WoodRiver Forstner bits.

While speaking of Forstner bits let me comment that it is not very hard to sharpen them yourself. Some suggest that you sharpen the bits before you use them the first time because they do not come from the factory very sharp. I do not do that (maybe I should) but after I’ve used a bit several times, I often take a minute and sharpen it up. Sharp is good.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 10:12 PM

I have just gotten a set of Grizzly carbide tipped for Christmas. They work very well. I’m also going to get the Grizzly carbide tipped filler set. It covers the 1/16s in between the usual 1/4 inch sets. I’ve used the inexpensive Frostner bits for many years. I can’t see the expensive bits.

Now! having said that. If you really do have an unlimited source of funds. The best Frostner bits I know of is Maxi Cut. I just ran the numbers a complete set & an RotaStop adapter By 16ths 5/8 to 1-1/16 and by 1/8s 1-1/4 to 2-1/8 is around $ 450.00

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 10:30 PM

Thanks guys I think I’ll take a look at HD or Lowes for the bits and perhaps when I go to the states I’ll take a look at Woodcraft.

-- AllWood

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 11:25 PM

Regarding accessories for a drill press – -

If your DP does not have one, adding a light is a great idea.

A system for placing a dust collector vacuum close to the drill bit is also a good idea.

Most worthless accessory – Laser

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 12:59 AM

Might check Leigh Valley and Highland, they only sell quality. Freund is italian I believe. They are good quality tools.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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