Need to drill 2 3/16" holes for recessed cabinet lights.

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04-28-2012 03:42 PM

I need to drill 2 3/16” holes for recessed cabinet lights. The closest hole saw I can find is a 2 1/8” or 2 1/4”. How do you cut your holes? Maybe the 2 1/4 would work since there are clips.


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#1 posted 04-28-2012 03:47 PM

Make a jig with a flywheel cutter in the drill press (adjustable to any size) then clamp the jig in place and cut with a router and pattern bit with a router. Might be easiest to drill the hole undersized and route it to full size.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 03:50 PM

I use a hole saw on job sites ( spin it in reverse to avoid tear out on surface then switch back to forward) in the shop I use a forstner bit

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 03:51 PM

Nevermind. The 2 1/4” should work perfectly. 2 3/16 you wouldnt even be able to get the clips in the hole!! Doh!

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 03:52 PM

I use a hole saw attachment for my drill. One of the best hole saws is Lenox. They make them in the size you are looking for. They arent cheep, but they really work well.

Lowes usually has them.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 04:01 PM

I would use the 2 1/4” hole saw. That would give you all of 1/32” “slop” between the wood and the light.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 03:08 PM

For small holes I use my router by drilling a hole in my router base push a rolled pin or nail or screw into the hole and pivot the router around until the hole is cut to size. You can also use a commercial base like this:

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 07:41 PM

A 2 1/4 ” hole saw is the easiest and fastest approach.

-- Carl in SC

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 10:38 PM

I also would use the 2 1/4 hole saw which gives you alittle room but will be fine I am sure the lights have some sort of trim ring

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