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.

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Grip Stick Plug
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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 316 " 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 14 ". 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.