Wise Buys: Forstner Bit Sets
Lee Valley #06J80.13
13 bits: 1/4" to 1" in 1/16" increments
Except for the 1-3/8" bit I use for cup hinges, I rarely use Forstner bits larger than 1". So this set of small bits, made in China, suits me just fine, even though I can get more bits for less money elsewhere. These high-speed-steel, smooth-rimmed bits proved sharp and accurate as they bored crisp, tear-out-free holes in oak, walnut, fir, birch plywood, and MDF. They make perfect flat-bottom holes, with only a 1/8"-deep divot from the center spur. I also tested Lee Valley's 16-piece set of sawtooth bits (1-1/8" to 3" by 1/8" increments) and they performed equally well.
--Tested by Kevin Boyle, Senior Design Editor
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