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3/8" Plug Cutter

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Unique spring-loaded self-centering tip guides cutter and prevents walking to cut a smooth, tapered plug for 3/8" holes every time! Also available as part of a 3-piece set (#39817, sold separately)

  • 1/4" quick shank prevents tool from slipping in drill chuck
  • Works with all 3/8" and 1/2" drive drill presses and handheld drills
  • Hardened steel for long life
(1) 3/8" Plug Cutter
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number MB-65913
Weight 0.1700
Tech Spec
  • 1/4" Quick Shank
  • Material: Hardened Steel
Bit Material Steel
Bit Type Plug Cutter
4.1 / 5.0
14 Reviews
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Met all my expectations
Cut over 100 plugs from cherry and hard maple and still going strong.
April 1, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good Cutter For The Money
My old plug cutter was "burning" my oak wood. This cutter works best in the drill press where you can set the cutting depth to 1/4".I laid out a straight pencil line 1/4" on the wood perpendicular to the bottom of the plug and cut along this line on the band saw to remove the plugs quickly. The plugs came out clean and smooth no burn out. The center pin does leave a small indentation in the wood but this will sand out after it's glued in place in the hole and is not noticeable.
Smooth plugs with no burnt wood.
Smooth plugs with no burnt wood.
February 8, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great bit. 5 stars
Very nice plug cutter! Works very well, did not have any problems cutting plugs out of VERY hard oak barnwood boards so I could get some matching plugs. I will tell you this though, that whole non walking bit thing is false. You need to use a drill press with these or they will walk on you and make you angry. If you are able to use a drill and get these to work you are Superman, so plan on using a drill press.
December 27, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
works great
The 3/8" plug cutter worked great for a project I built for my grandson. In combination I also used a 3/8" forstner bit in the alder I was using and cut plugs out of figured maple and holly to use for inlay. It cut clean with no splintering or chipping making for a pleasing outcome.
February 4, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
Plug cutter with retractable center point
This worked great! If you don't have access to a drill press to cut some plugs, that's no problem with this tool. The retractable center point allows you to use your hand drill and it works very well.
November 18, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Using plugcutter for grandson baby bed
I built a walnut baby bed for my grandson and needed a plug cutter. I had never used one. I planed my stock to 3/8" and it worked great.
April 9, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very effective and perfect plug.
Great plug cutter when you have limited working space and do not have a drill press.
June 8, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Quality Product
This is a very good plug cutter. Used on IPE and worked great. I was concerned that the IPE may dull the cutting edges. Worked great!
January 5, 2015
Cuts a tapered plug
The packaging explains it cuts a tapered plug. I needed to repair a defect in a composite floor tile and drilled the tile to 3/8" diameter, removing the defect. I used the plug cutter to cut a plug from a spare tile, to fill the 3/8" hole I had drilled. I cut from the back side of the spare tile so the plug would be widest at the top. The plug was still slightly oversize to fit the 3/8" hole, and I ended up drilling it out to 25/64" to accept the plug.
End result: a dab of Gorilla glue and a perfect fit. It did the job.
July 27, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great. If you dont want the hole in center just hammer the tip and base out then hammer in the base only. Oh, it's not carbide and easy to sharpen.
It dose not work well with a drill. The point doesn't hold bit well and spins across wood. Even burnt after 8 plugs. But after I removed the point and used a drill press, cut 70 plugs in about 10 mins perfectly. I made the plugs for the stair nose that was loose. Made them apx 1/4 in with the finish on top. Little glue a few taps and a perfect match. A small amt of filler and most you cant even see.
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the self centering bit is perfect for my hand drill
corey b on Aug 26, 2019
Needed for a project.
Thomas J H on Mar 11, 2019
the self centering bit is perfect for my hand drill
corey b on Aug 26, 2019
J E on Apr 1, 2019
Needed for a project.
Thomas J H on Mar 11, 2019
Always wanted one
Brian R on Apr 6, 2018
To cut plugs to cover screw countersinks for my next project
Greg K on Jun 20, 2017
I made my own plugs out of African padouk wood that made a beautiful counterpoint to the red oak doll high chair that I made for my granddaughter. I tried making plugs with a ball peen hammer and dull butter knife, but I have to say this is an improvement.
Allen S on Jan 28, 2017
We have these at work. They are the best we have found. Now I will have one at home
Lojakr on Nov 27, 2016
add to set
Sammy S on Nov 25, 2016
To make plugs for various projects.
Mike S on Nov 17, 2016
hopefully will help the look of fence we just built.
colleen d on Mar 21, 2016
needed a new one and it looks like a good one
Brenda H on Mar 19, 2016
It was a gift request.
Beverly L on Dec 12, 2015
I need plugs to cover screw holes in some polywood furniture I sell. Most people don't mind the screw heads but some would rather have them covered. It's hard to please both.
Dick on Dec 9, 2015
Use it to cut plugs for screw covers on steps
Donald P on Dec 3, 2015
I am working on a platform bed and want to hide the screwa
CHARLES S on Jul 30, 2015
Craig D on May 28, 2015
J E on Apr 1, 2019
Always wanted one
Brian R on Apr 6, 2018
How long a plug will this plug-cutter make? Looking for something that will cut a plug about 1" long; the set I have only goes to 1/2"
Gator on Apr 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My first question is why do you need a plug that long? You only have to plug the hole from the outside. I have a cutter like the one shown and I do not know how long a plug it will make. The wood I was making plugs from was only 3/4" and even with that depth I had trouble breaking the plugs out cleanly. 1" deep plugs would be really hard to break out.
WHAT IS THE od OF THE CUTTER, I.E., WHAT DIAMETER HOLE DOES IT CUT? I an looking for something to cut a 3/8" blind shallow hole. A standard 3.8" end millewanders too much on starting
donald m on Jun 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: A 3/8 plug cutter is.550 od , cuts a 3/8” plug. I would use a 3/8” Ford we bit in a drill press
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