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Offline Birdhunter

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Fostner abits
« on: July 20, 2020, 03:18 AM »
I need to cut 2 1/8” and 2 1/4” holes through some tough woods . My set of nice forstner bits only go to 2”. Need recommendation for vendor. (Not HF quality).
Birdhunter

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Offline CeeJay

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2020, 06:14 AM »
I’d start with CMT or Amana.


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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2020, 07:57 AM »
Perfect! Thanks

I was asked by my wive to make her a wooden bracelet. I made a couple, one from cocobolo and one from ebony. I friend saw my wife's bracelet and wanted one. I made her a bracelet and a cuff (bracelets are 3/4" wide and cuffs are 1 1/2" wide. Then, my nieces saw the bracelets and both wanted one. That's how it all started...... One niece said she could sell these for about $100 each. Not sure I want to go into the business of making them.


It seems like 2 1/4" is the right diameter for small hands. Largest hand I've made a bracelet is 2 1/2". My largest Forstner bit is 2" and I have been reaming out the hole on my lathe. I've ordered a set of Starrett telescoping gages so my diameters will be easier to measure.
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Offline JonathanJung

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2020, 11:09 AM »
I've enjoyed my Freud's for general use in hardwoods. More economical especially if they aren't used everyday.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2020, 10:13 PM »
I have L.V. saw tooth bits up to 2" 1/2. They are ok if you go slow. I think the recommended speed is around 250rpm
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Offline jcrowe1950

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2020, 04:54 PM »
I need to cut 2 1/8” and 2 1/4” holes through some tough woods . My set of nice forstner bits only go to 2”. Need recommendation for vendor. (Not HF quality).
Fisch Waverunner.....made in Austria....expensive, sharp and durable.
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Offline yetihunter

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2020, 04:11 AM »
https://www.fine-tools.com/zobo-S2-C.html

Use a near equivalent metric size (32?). 

Offline kcufstoidi

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2020, 07:18 AM »
Have you considered using a quality carbide tipped hole saw so you are not turning precious cocobolo and ebony into shavings and sawdust.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2020, 05:23 PM »
Good idea on hole saw
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Offline TinyShop

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Re: Fostner abits
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2020, 11:52 PM »
I need to cut 2 1/8” and 2 1/4” holes through some tough woods . My set of nice forstner bits only go to 2”. Need recommendation for vendor. (Not HF quality).
Fisch Waverunner.....made in Austria....expensive, sharp and durable.

FWIW Freud "Diablo" forstner bits are rebranded Fisch Wave Cutter bits. Half the price for the exact same thing.
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