Sign in to follow this  
ddean5

Drilling Bench Dog Holes

Recommended Posts

I drilled the 3/4" dog holes in my bench in 3" of plywood with a spade bit using the levels on the Craftsman drill that I have. It seems to have worked just fine. I did this because I was afraid I would burn out my cheap forstner bit. My spade bit has spurs which made a fairly clean hole.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

if you are using MDF, i would agree with the previous forstner bit suggestion. the spade will probably give you some furry edges where as a sharp forstner will cut cleaner as it bores through with the sawtooth edges.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

MCLS sells a 3/4" spiral router bit (#7498) that they recommend for drilling dog holes with your plunge router. The bit is HSS instead of carbide so the price about $15. Since the bit is 3 1/4" long, depending on your router, you will only get about 2 1/2" through the stack and will have to finish up with a forstner bit or other drill bit. Also, make sure to back up the hole so you don't blow out the back side.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My bench top is 1 1/2" MDF. I drilled my 3/4" dog holes with an auger bit. It was amazing quick and left nice clean edges. As Mike mentions above, you do need to use a backer board so you don't blow out the back side.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this