Ask WWGOA: Cutting Square Holes


What is the best piece of equipment you can buy to cut a square hole in a piece of wood and what is the best way to cut a square hole?–any size from 1/2″ to 2″ square?

Submitted by rwhayes323


There are many ways to cut a square hole. One method is to layout the hole and drill away most of the waste using a Forstner bit whose diameter is as close to the hole’s width as possible. If the hole goes all the way through the work piece, then use a scroll saw to cut the square sides. If the hole goes only part way through the work piece, then use a chisel to cut the square sides.


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2 Responses to “Ask WWGOA: Cutting Square Holes”
  1. Mike Zimmer

    I want to cut square holes through a 2″ thick piece of pecan I’m using as a desk top. And at a slight angle.

    • Customer Service

      Hi Mike. The easiest way to do this would be to use a mortising machine. If you do not have access to this, you can mark the outline of your square hole using a marking knife, and use a chisel to cut the hole. To get the angle that you want I would suggest cutting a block of scrap wood at the desired angle, and using that as a guide for your chisel as you get started.