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    And Another Question

    I have a set or Forstner bit and some are so dull now that they are not usable. I've tried sharpening with a fine file but very little success. My thought is to replace the ones that are real dull individually instead of buying a new set. What are good ones? They vary a lot in price, but, my experience that just because some cost more, doesn't, make them a whole lot better. Any recommendations?
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    I've had very good luck replacing my dull cheapie forstner bits with Freud forstner bits.
    Dave

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    Paul,
    Take a look at the Lee Valley HSS forstners. They're very good quality, and quite reasonable priced. I have them in 1/16" increments from " up thru 2" and have never had a problem with one.

    They also have (cheaper) carbon steel ones, but I've never used them.
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    Another vote for the Lee Valley bits, they are great!
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    Right now I am have a little problem with Lee Valley. I ordered some hinges and magnets from them over a week ago. They withdrew the money but I have not had a word from them. I ordered things from two other places the same day. I immediately received an email confirmation of the orders and next business day I received an update of my orders statuses and tracking numbers for the other items. I have also received my other orders. I would think Lee Valley would do better. I'll check out their bits, but....
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    paul i have had great results with lee valley and they will fix any problems you run into..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Right now I am have a little problem with Lee Valley...
    Call them. They'll go out of their way to make it right!

    They're a great company to deal with. I had a minor problem with them - about fifteen years ago - and Rob Lee himself responded via email almost immediately to make it right.
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    If price is no object, check out FAMAG BORMAX bits. They are really nice. I bought a set in the sizes needed for pepper mills and have used the heck out of them in end grain and they are still cutting well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Call them. They'll go out of their way to make it right!

    They're a great company to deal with. I had a minor problem with them - about fifteen years ago - and Rob Lee himself responded via email almost immediately to make it right.
    If they are not waiting for me when I get back after labor day I will have to call them. What I ordered should fit in an envelop, which is easier to lose, than a box of something. I would have liked to have been able to track it.
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    I used some high carbon bits for years by frequently sharpening them. Like anything, once you become proficient it is pretty quick to do. The LOML bought me a set of Lee Valley HSS bits and I have not had to sharpen Forstners since so far. I also have some specific sizes in Freud's from years back that have yet to need a touch up. I keep the high carbon bits for rough or questionable work and they still work fine if sharpened. I pretty much use the method shown here with the exception of using a cone shaped stone (for a Dremel) instead of the 1/4" round file as it covers a wider range of bits for me.
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