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Use a Hole Saw in a Drill Press


How to Use a Hole Saw in a Drill Press

I like to use a hole saw to make large holes in lumber. The only problem I have is that when I attach it to my drill, I can never get it perpendicular to the piece I’m making the hole in! So to solve that issue, I use my drill press which to me is a whole lot easier! I put together a quick tutorial on how to use a hole saw in a drill press.

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A hole saw is just that – a saw that makes holes. Hole saws come in all sorts of sizes ranging from 9/16″ all the way up to 6″, and can cut holes in a variety of materials such as sheet metal, glass and tile, and wood. I recently used mine to cut a series of holes in a 1×6 to create a wine cradle for a liquor cabinet.

To start, draw lines marking the position of the holes on the lumber. I wanted to drill six holes evenly spaced at 5″ on center. I located the lengthwise center of the board, then made marks evenly spaced across the board.

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Insert the hole saw in the chuck of the drill or drill press. Hole saws generally have a pilot bit on the center which makes locating the center of the holes extremely easy. Align the pilot bit over the mark and start drilling the hole.

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Align the pilot bit over the mark and start drilling the hole.

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Go slow, and do not use a lot of force – that is a quick way to burn the wood, dull the hole saw, and overheat the drill! Only drill partway through the board.

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Flip the board over and align the pilot bit with the pilot hole already created on the opposite side. Finish drilling the hole. If the hole is drilled from both sides, it creates less tearout and makes a much cleaner hole!

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So there you have it! A nice, clean (and in my case – straight) hole!

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A hole saw is a great tool and an inexpensive kit can be had for around $30. I hope this tutorial on how to use a hole saw in a drill press has taken some of the guess work out of creating holes but if you have questions, contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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Originally posted 2013-07-25 08:00:04.

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