5/16 forstner bit for ferrules

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  1. Jake Nelson

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    Where are you guys getting your 5/16 forstner bits for drilling string ferrules?? none at stewmac or lmii and not sure the how good the china made ones are on ebay. what do you guys use?

    I don’t think i want to use a brad point because the back of the guitar is douglas fir (last one i’ll be making out of fir) and if the bits aren’t perfect they wander with the grain.

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    I recently got a full set from Rockler for $36.
    1/16 to 1/2".
     
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    Festool..... but bring money. on the other hand, you won't have to spend time sharpening it
     
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    Are you using a drill press or hand held drill?
    I have no problem using brad points in a drill press for ferrules.
     
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    Drill press for sure. the fir is vary brittle so i think i’ll go with the forstner right off.
     
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    If the bits are sharp, either the brad point or forstner will do a very good job.
     
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    What Marty said...

     
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    Whether brad or forstner, the bit just needs to score and cut the perimeter before hogging out stock.
    Some forstenr bits hog out at the same time as they slice the perimeter, and will cut clean until they grab and tear.

    I sharpen either type if I want clean cuts!
    (Unless it's new, good quality and sharp)
     
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    Well I got all my parts lined up so I drilled my ferrule holes today. Nice day to work inside here in Minnesota as its raining.

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    went well, had fun, not too much fuzz so i’m glad i waited for the forstner bit, i was too skeptical about using brad points.
     
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    Just for giggles I used my 5/16" brad point in a hand held drill and made these. I haven't beveled the edges or made a larger countersink. But just to show that brad points work well, too, if that's what you have. I know it's not a very good pic, but it shows a fairly clean cut.
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