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Forum topic by JADobson posted 01-08-2015 03:41 AM 1132 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2015 03:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: figden forstner square shank brace

I was watching Tom Figden on Youtube today and saw that he was using square shanked forestner bits in his brace. I looked a little bit online and couldn’t find any for sale. Do you think they are custom ground or does anyone know of a place one could pick these up? Thanks.

Also, Figden’s work is incredible. If you haven’t seen it check here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaWR_UvszqJ0xIJYXcep3_w?spfreload=10

-- James


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#1 posted 01-08-2015 04:50 PM

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 04:53 PM

No sorry, I’ve got plenty of augers. He had square shanked forstner bits. I’ll see if I can grab a screen shot from one of his videos.

-- James

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 04:57 PM

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 05:07 PM

In which video was this? Are You sure they are not hex shank?
Like these: http://woodworker.com/14-ss-forstner-bit-14-hex-sh-mssu-114-350.asp

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 05:14 PM

They may be hex shanked, you don’t get a great view of them in the video. But they fit in his two jaw chuck on his brace so they may very well be hex shanked. Thanks.

-- James

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 05:16 PM

No problem. I’m glad I could help.

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 05:20 PM

Forstner bits made for a bit brace DO exist—I have a partial set myself. They look like this—

With that said, the jaw design of many bit braces allow holding shank designs other than the traditional square taper.

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#8 posted 01-08-2015 05:32 PM

Thanks Doc, that looks like what I want. I was doing a little more digging and found this on Figden’s site:
http://www.theunpluggedwoodshop.com/a-cabinetmakers-toolchest-part-eight.html

He’s just using regular hex shanked bits.

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#9 posted 01-08-2015 08:42 PM

James—

That the newer bits work well in a brace is news to me, and welcome at that!

By the way, if you want to check eB*y for the older style, try the phrase: “forstner brace bit “

Doc

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