Forstner Bit Reviews

by Tested_to_Destruction

A forstner bit is the best woodworking tool to use for pocket and overlap holes. The five best forstner bit sets reviewed and compared.

A forstner bit is a great little woodworking tool accessory. Some woodworker's manage without them, choosing instead to use standard drill bits and put in the extra effort but, for the price of a few more dollars, they're a worthy investment.

They allow you to speed up production and always produce a better finish all round. That said you do need to know how to use them as, unlike other bits, you don't use a central point to guide or direct the path of the bit.

Featured below are the five best forstner drill bit sets. They're all good value for money and out-perform similar products on the market. Tried and tested, they're all good quality drill bits and will help you to create precision holes in your wooden pieces, and whether or not you're a professional, they'll always give you the professional edge.

22-Piece Forstner Bit Set by Insty-Bit

This best selling forstner bit set contains just about everything, size wise, that you need to to perform a range of woodworking tasks. The comprehensive kit allows you to drill overlap holes, dowel, pocket holes and more.

Each bit's manufactured from high carbon steel and I tested the bits on both soft and hard woods - they cut through both happily enough. Of course the deeper and harder the wood the more the bit will warm up so don't go jumping in with your fingers. Good range of forstner drill bits, nicely priced and all housed in a rugged case.

22-Piece Forstner Bit Set

Perfect for doweling, mortising, pocket holes, hardware installation and more! Set includes 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 11/16", 3/4", 13/16", 7/8", 15/16", 1", ...

Only $169.99

CMT 537.350.31 Forstner Bit 35mm Cutting Diameter, 10mm Shank

This is the best selling 35mm forstner bit that's sold as a single unit. The shank is 10 mm, and they'll fit in with a range of drills - cordless, electric etc. This one's available in a range of sizes, from 35 up to 45mm, and they're a good choice for inset cabinet holes, more so when you realise that CMT manufacture some of the harder to find drill bit sizes.

You get a sharp cut with these, accurate, no excess to the hole which you don't need when you want a precision fit post drilling. They're a good heavy duty steel manufacture, incredibly cheap as these bits go and about the best there is in this size. Easy to work with, accurate results and gives he desired outcome time after time.

CMT 537.350.31 Forstner Bit 35mm Cutting Diameter, 10mm Shank

From the Manufacturer CMT offers a wide range of HHS Forstner Bits in the most popular diameters, including difficult to find metric sizes. These bits are available individually...

$16.50  $10.80

Freud FB-100 16-Piece Diablo Forstner Bit Set

These best selling forstner drill bits are a collection of 16 bits that range from 1/4 up to 2-1/2" in 1/8" increases. They all come in a good quality wooden case that keeps the bits securely in place whilst not in use and the you've get plenty of scope across the set in general.

Tested on overlap holes, they performed well, gave a nice, steady accurate cut and though the wood wasn't the softest I could have used, the bits delivered the kind of result needed in a professional environment. These are superior drill bits all-round and you're getting your moneys worth without a doubt. They're solid, built to last and their cutting power is awesome, not to mention how well they deal with chip removal whilst cutting. Top quality bits, the right choice for the professional woodworker.

Freud FB-100 16-Piece Diablo Forstner Drill Bit Set

The Freud Difference Freud manufactures some of the most innovative, technologically advanced saw blades in the world. To ensure that the highest quality products meet the tough...

$263.95  $172.99

MLCS 9245 3-Inch Diameter High Quality Steel Forstner Bit

This is the best selling 3 inch forstner bit and about the best choice for drilling larger flat bottomed holes. Again this is a quality bit that will drill through a range of different wood material, accurately and equally happy to work off an existing hole or will drill out with no prior set up.

This one needs to be used with a drill press. You simply won't get the accuracy with a hand-held, the bit is too wide and the shank too long. A drill press provides you with the right guide and control, something you won't get trying to free-hand. It does get hot, more so when used repeatedly but it remains accurate and spot on and you're left with more than pleasing results. Solid bit, well made and up to a standard in keeping with its purchase price.

MLCS 9245 3-Inch Diameter High Quality Steel Forstner Bit

MLCS forstner bits are manufactured from high quality steel that is long lasting, precision ground for heavy use and easily resharpened. Forstner bits are designed to drill flat...

Only $25.00

CMT 537.000.05 5 Piece 8-10mm Shank Metric Forstner Bit Set

This is a five piece forstner bit set and it's also available in a 7 and 12 piece collection. A best seller in its category, this is a nice entry level set of drill bits that will more than suit those that are new to either woodworking as a profession or as a hobby.

The larger bits will require you to use a drill press, otherwise you won't get the control and accuracy you're looking for, the smaller ones will work perfectly well with standard power drill. Metric sizes can be a bit hard to find and the set covers the five most common sizes. You'll get a nice finish with them, a good flat bottom and an accurate, spot on hole. Good quality, good price - and a good choice all round.

CMT 537.000.05 5 Piece 8-10mm Shank Metric Forstner Bit Set

We offer a wide range of Forstner Bits in the most popular diameters, including difficult to find metric sizes. These bits are available individually or in beautiful wooden sets...

$53.90  $34.36
Updated: 06/25/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
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