Options for drilling a 2" hole in hard maple

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Forum topic by schu777 posted 11-17-2014 03:57 PM 1157 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2014 03:57 PM

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I’m looking for options (other than a drill press) to drill a 2” hole in hard maple. I’ve got a drill press, but it slips and haven’t figured out how to get it fixed yet. So I’m looking for options of ways I could get a 2” hole drilled into some hard maple so I can make a nut for a wood screw.

Thanks, Michael

-- Michael S. - Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 03:58 PM

Do you have a hand drill? A 2” forstner bit would work.

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 04:01 PM

A holesaw should work in a beefy hand drill, preferably corded. Just go slow and don’t push too hard.

Another way is a circle guide with a dremel tool.

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#3 posted 11-17-2014 04:18 PM

Are you needing a 2 inch disk to make the nut? or a two inch HOLE

If you want a 2 inch diameter disk drilled out of a block, then the hole saw is the way to go, just remember you want the Inside Diameter to be 2 inches so ~2 1/8 or 2 1/4 hole saw.

for the hole, as others said, beefy hand drill.

Alternatively, you can do this with a plunge router with a guide bearing… just center a pattern on the surface with double stick tape

many ways to skin a cat!

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#4 posted 11-17-2014 04:23 PM

Corded hand drill and a hole saw. Just have someone ready to drive you to the ER when you break your arm – hehe. I’ve heard of broken wrists from doing things like this so be patient. You aren’t stronger than a corded drill.

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#5 posted 11-17-2014 04:45 PM

With the assumption that you’re going to thread the inside of the 2” hole to make your nut then the first thing I’d do is try a new belt on my drill press.

Smart ass remarks aside, the Forstner bit in hand drill sounds like the best option. Hole saws in hard wood are a real pain in the butt – there’s the tendency to over heat and burn the wood. And they’re not very forgiving if you get off line while drilling – ask any plumber or electrician about the experience of having a Hole Hawg bind up on him while drilling studs.

Another approach would be to rough the hole out by drilling a ring of smaller holes and then clean it up with a router and a pattern bit.

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#6 posted 11-17-2014 06:21 PM

+1 for DrDirt, plunge router with a guide bearing and a pattern.

or you can do this: Here they use a Forstner Bit, a Rabbeting Bit, then a pattern-routing bit. Works great!

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#7 posted 11-17-2014 06:25 PM

Circle cutting jig and plunge router.

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