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Enlarging a Hole made by a Hole Saw

Lee Valley (I'm sure you can get it elsewhere) sells a product called an Oops Arbor that allows you to mount two hole saws to a single arbor. The smaller one is held further out from the larger one ...
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Can I hammer 25.4mm x 300mm oak dowels into a 25mm hole?

On a small scale wood is highly compressible, so the basic answer here is yes. As a joke goes, you might just need a bigger hammer ^_^ Is that normal? Yes it's quite normal for shop-bought dowel to ...
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Are very thin drill bits actually safe?

I was looking for a thin 2mm drill bit. When I asked a manufacturer why their thinnest drill bit was 3mm, they said because drill bits are fragile if you make them too thin. To me 2mm isn't actually ...
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Drilling very small holes in softwoods

Is there some fool-proof, simple and most importantly reliable way accurately drill very small holes 0.5 - 2mm (1/50" - 1/16") in softwood with hard grain lines? Unfortunately, not really. ...
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countersinking screws

A countersink is a feature of a hole. The corresponding feature of a screw is a taper under the head. This taper appears on flat head and also oval head screws. So in Lowe's or Home Depot you would ...
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How to cool hole saw

The problem with hole saws is that there is no way to eject the waste. If the waste sawdust is properly dealt with the saw will not heat up to the point of scorching. In a normal twist bit the waste ...
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Is it a problem if my countersink bit is slightly larger than it needs to be?

It's perfectly fine and common practice to use a countersink bit that is bigger than the taper you make with it, regulating the taper diameter by how deep you go. A vertical wall above the taper is ...
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How do I drill greater than 7 inches in from the edge of my sheet of wood?

For drilling single holes in the middle of a piece of wood you can use a drill bushing to keep the bit perpendicular to the piece. I use this from Big Gator Tools. You can also use your drill press ...
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How do you drill concentric holes of different diameters on a drill press?

Forstner bits have a small point on the end which leaves a slight indentation in the wood in the center of the hole. Use this to align your drill bits after changing them. But, to do this, you'll have ...
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How to cool hole saw

This was mentioned in SaSSafraS1232's answer, but it works so well that I think it deserves an answer all on its own. If you're using a hole saw and planning on cutting all the way through the work ...
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Recommendations for securing a high torque drill with a larger bit

It sounds like you're running your bit too slowly. Spade bits are pretty sensitive to low speeds. A faster speed (and less feed pressure) will result in less material being removed with each pass. ...
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Drilling very small holes in softwoods

Is there some fool-proof, simple and most importantly reliable way accurately drill very small holes 0.5 - 2mm (1/50" - 1/16") in softwood with hard grain lines? Nothing is foolproof, but ...
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How to use a very large Forstner-style bit

Not to be overly picky but I think it's important to point out that this is not a Forstner bit, no matter how it's named by the manufacturer. It's clearly derived from them of course, but all the key ...
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Is there still a place for "hand drills" in a modern woodshop?

Hand drills most definitely have a place. They are cheaper quieter more controllable handier safer and don't require electricity ( Handy if you have a large property or work out on site) They ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

As far as the historical side of the question, the two have been in concurrent use for a very long time. Arthur Irving Jacobs invented the keyed drill chuck in 1902 but bit braces and drills were ...
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Enlarging a Hole made by a Hole Saw

If you are unable to move the piece or provide additional access (as you describe), then another approach might be to cut a wood plug the same diameter as the current hole and glue it in place in the ...
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How do I drill greater than 7 inches in from the edge of my sheet of wood?

Is there anyway to accomplish this with the drill press I currently own? As far as I can see, no. If not, are there alternatives to a drill press that can be used for accurate holes? Yes. You ...
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How do I fix chuck wobble in my drill press?

If you have a dial-indicator to check alignment, you can often fix it with a couple of well placed smacks, or worst case - popping the chuck out and re-sitting it to fix the alignment issues. I had ...
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countersinking screws

GRK makes what they call a "self-countersinking" screw. Above the screw threads there are some "cutters" that widen the hole and allow for the screw to be set flush with the surface without having to ...
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Aligning entry and exit side of drawbores

If you're having trouble eyeballing square or plumb as you drill when working solo (so you can't take advantage of a second pair of eyes), which is something I'm convinced most people have trouble ...
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Are drill guides supposed to be zero-clearance?

This could be a manufacturing issue (not necessarily the one you're thinking of, more on that below) or it could be entirely within specs. With metal bushings the fit must be loose enough you don't ...
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How to make a 3/4" flat bottomed hole?

I have used forstner bits where the the center spurs are removable for (presumably) just this sort of job. See http://www.finewoodworking.com/tool-guide/product-finder/mlcs-forstner-bits.aspx and ...
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Is it a problem if my countersink bit is slightly larger than it needs to be?

It's actually standard practice to use a countersink bit that's larger than the countersink depression you will make in the wood, precisely because you don't want that little vertical side wall1 ...
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How do I drill greater than 7 inches in from the edge of my sheet of wood?

I would say I am at best, hobby level. But when I had to do something like this in the past, I would use the drill press to drill holes into a template piece of wood. Something thin enough to not get ...
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How do you drill concentric holes of different diameters on a drill press?

You can drill the smaller through-hole first, then use a counterbore tool. The end of the counterbore will use the through-hole as a guide and will cut a flat-bottomed hole of a larger size exactly ...
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Drilling through 3/4" MDF?

Drill a pilot hole for your Forstner bits before drilling the main hole. The problem here is that MDF isn't nearly as compressible as wood. If you look at the center of a Forstner bit you'll see ...
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How to accurately drill into end grain of a 20 inch table leg

I'm going to suggest two very different methodologies, both of which won't require the purchase of any new bits or any awkward changes to the setup of your drill press (although the first suggestion ...
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