If you’re a woodworker and you don’t own a set of forstner bits, it can be for only one of two reasons: You’ve never heard of forstner bits, or you you think you can’t afford them. We have news for all concerned. First, for those who fall into ”never heard of them” category, here’s a quick rundown on woodworking’s drill bit of choice:
Forstner bits are a special type of drill bit widely used in woodworking owing to a few irreplaceably useful features: Because of their design, forstner bits leave a very clean hole edge and can be used to make through holes with a minimum of tear-out at the exit point. Forstner bits drill flat-bottomed holes, making them a necessary tool for many hardware installations. Also, forstner bits are guided by the wide outside rim of the bit, unlike most drill bits, which are guided by the tip. Because of that, they can be used along with a drill press to drill angled holes, holes that partially overlap, and holes on the edge of the material. And finally, they are just about the only choice for clean larger sized holes, where the alternative is either an inexpensive spade bit or a hole saw – neither of which are especially well known for producing smooth, crisp-edged holes.
If you’ve been woodworking for a while, you probably already know that there’s no replacement for a forstner bit in many situations. You may even own a forstner bit or two that you picked up for a project where nothing else would do. But still, like many experienced woodworkers, you may not own an actual set of forstner bits because you know, too, that they can be a little on the spendy side. If you’ve been putting off buying a set of forstner bits because of the prices you’ve been seeing, you’ll be glad to hear this: You’ll probably never find a better deal on 7-piece forstner bits sets and 16 piece forstner bit sets than Rockler’s offering right now.