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Workaround: Make Any Size Hole

I know circle cutters aren’t a lot of money. But the thought of a steel arm swinging around at face level with a knife makes me nervous. Besides, that single blade tends to tear up the grain around the hole. Buying a dedicated hole saw for every size you may need is an expensive proposition.…

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Custom Diameter Bit

A few years ago, I was installing some balusters that the customer had picked up from a salvage yard for his stairway. I went to my local lumber supplier and bought some 3/4″ dowels to insert into the bottom of each baluster so we could glue them into holes in the stair treads. When I…

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