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Grip stuck plug with this homemade grabber

Grip stuck plug with this homemade grabber

Have you ever tried to free a stuck wooden plug from a holesaw? If so, you know that you can do a lot of damage to the wood workpiece trying to pry it out. Build this grabber, though, and you can free these wooden pieces with a quick twist of the wrist.

Size the grabber about 1" wider than the circular plug you're cutting and about 10" long. Turn it on edge and drill a 3/16" hole for the machine screw as shown. Then, drill the counterbore and hole in the face of the workpiece and bandsaw a tapered cut from the end of the handle to the hole as shown.

For this grabber to work, the plug must protrude below the teeth of the holesaw about 1/4". So when you cut your circles, don't lower the teeth completely through the stock. Rather, drill down until the pilot bit emerges from the back side of the stock. Flip over the workpiece and complete the cut from the backside.

-- Bill Woodall, Gladys, Va.

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Comments (4)
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mhills4119408 wrote:

Throw it in the wood stove and then re temper everything

11/26/2010 02:31:42 AM Report Abuse
ChrisBarker wrote:

what's wrong with using the kitchen glass jar metal lid removing pliers?Surely the wife won't miss them. she could always "borrow them back"

8/1/2010 10:34:05 PM Report Abuse
glued2 wrote:

My guess is that without it, the wood grabber would split. By itself, wood doesn't make a great pliers.

7/29/2010 11:32:25 AM Report Abuse
rygl wrote:

What's the machine screw for?

6/26/2010 10:38:58 PM Report Abuse

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