Buying Drill Bits for a Drill Press
Buying quality drill bits for your drill press is an important consideration. Poor quality drill bits, or the wrong type of drill bits for a drill press can make messy and/or inaccurate holes, which kind of defeats the purpose of buying a nice drill press.
For most of my drill press work I use a Forstner bit set. A good quality Forstner bit will give a very clean, flat-bottom hole that is ideal for boring out mortises. If you set the depth stop on your drill press, then a Forstner bit will give you a uniformly flat-bottom mortise. The edges of the holes are much more crisp and clean when using a Forstner bit. The sharp rim of a Forstner drill bit allows you to make overlapping holes with your drill press (for when you’re making a mortise) and also allows you to drill at angles.
What is the Best Forstner Bit Set?
So what is the best Forstner bit set? In my opinion, the best Forstner bit set for the money (which are widely available) is made by Fisch, Famag, Porter-Cable, Freud, Irwin, and Bosch. See below for links to these Forstner bit sets. Getting a Forstner bit set with a suitable number of Forstner bits is important, because I always have different sized holes or mortises to bore. All of the below Forstner bits will work great, but the Fisch and Freud Fortner bits have the wavy-style rims (like a serrated knife) which give a compromise between stability and speed. The knife-edge rims have a continuous piece of metal around the edge. This type of bit cuts slightly cleaner holes, but is slower and generates more heat. The saw-tooth rims are faster, but don’t cut as cleanly, and can wander when entering the wood. You can see prices & read reviews for each steel Forstner bit set here:
*I didn’t include carbide tipped sets, because I haven’t noticed much performance difference for the extra money.
Aside from Forstner bits on the drill press, I do a lot of my boring and drilling with hand braces and egg beater hand drills, unless I have repetitive or high-precision holes to drill or bore. You can see my “Hand Drills, Braces & Drill Bits buyer’s guide” here >>>