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Forsterner bit hiding in the wood! (Read 262 times)
 
Chris Neilan
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Forsterner bit hiding in the wood!
Jul 2nd, 2017 at 4:06pm
 
Little help needed! I was drilling out the bottom of an end-grain birdhouse with a forstener bit and extension when lo and behold the two became separated-- Embarrassed about six inches in! How does one get the drill bit out??? (Without using fire  Embarrassed)
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Re: Forsterner bit hiding in the wood!
Reply #1 - Jul 2nd, 2017 at 4:12pm
 
Long-nose vice grips?
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Reply #2 - Jul 2nd, 2017 at 6:09pm
 
Depending on the size of the hole, can you grind down the end of an allen wrench enough to put the extension and the allen wrench back in and tighten a little? There are 6" long allen wrenchs.Geo.
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Re: Forsterner bit hiding in the wood!
Reply #3 - Jul 2nd, 2017 at 9:06pm
 
Loctite!  Heating the joint afterwards will allow you to separate the two pieces.
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Re: Forsterner bit hiding in the wood!
Reply #4 - Jul 2nd, 2017 at 9:22pm
 
The problem was the two pieces already separated deep in the hole. Far to deep for vice grips orneedle nose pliers.  After the wood and bit cooled down (and me too!) I was able to reinsert the extension and wiggle the bit out. Moral of the story? Clear the chips and don't rush things!
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Re: Forsterner bit hiding in the wood!
Reply #5 - Jul 3rd, 2017 at 6:48am
 
This happened to me awhile back...I sharpened a screwdriver into a chisel and worked my day around the outside of the bit stopping to dig out any and all chips....it took a bit of work but it did work...
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