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Stainless Steel Wood Plug Cutters are designed to cut hardwoods such as Oak, Teak, and Ipe. If you're tired of replacing your Plug Cutter and want one that will last longer, Fuller Cutters are the answer; the Stainless Steel has been heat treated to 45c hardness and can be sharpened with a file.
For best results use with a drill press.
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SS Plug Cutters are ideal for cutting hardwoods like oak and teak. Plug diameter is slightly larger than a standard counterbore size ensuring a tight fit every time.
can you use this cutter in a cnc router?
I don't see why not. Need proper chuck type tool holder to hold it unless you find one with round shank.
thanks for the info, i was thinking that would be the case. i'll use a spiral bit instead. thanks again
Plug cutters like slow RPMs and are typically used in a drill press or in a pinch in a hand drill. Routers typically produce high RPMs. Higher RPMs will burn the wood and dull the bit in hardwood. Unsure about shank dimension in router, and therefore safety of the application
Do you know where I can find a countersink drill for the one inch plug cutter?
For larger plugs I use a spade bit rather than a purpose-made counter bore.
glad it helped
Donald....thanks so much for the info.! I am building a timber gazebo this summer and it will come in handy.Thanks!
I have a whole set, but here is a link to a single cutter< a href="http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=484&familyName=Four+Flute+Type+C+Countersinks+" target="_blank">http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=484&familyName=Four+Flute+Type+C+Countersinks+< /a>
I used a 3/8 forstener bit for the countersink for ipe plugs. I would drill about 3/8 " down with the forstener bit and then switch to a 1/8 bit to predrill the rest of the way through the ipe. I used gorilla glue when I plugged the holes. Before deciding on the forstener bit and separate 1/8 bit arrangement, I tried a combo pre-drill-countersinking tool and broke the 1/8 bit on the first try. After seeing how easy it was to use the forstener bit, I never tried the combo again.Hope this helps.
how does one sharpen a plug cutter ?
I do mine free handed on the sanding disc of my Work Sharp 3000. Hope this helps
I would think with a hand file
I'm not sure if other professional woodworkers will agree with my method, but it works quite well for me and I have sharpened my plug cutters many times this way. First I put the shaft of the cutter in a vise to keep it stable. I then use a 6" fine flat file to file the angles on the ends of the legs, using 2 hands on the file to keep the file stable and the angle the same as the original. I always count the strokes that I take on each leg so that I am fairly sure that I am removing the same amount of material from each leg. Keeping the legs a uniform length is very important for smooth operation of the cutter. If they are different lengths, the cutter will grab when it comes in contact with the wood as you try to cut the plugs. In order to make sure that the legs are the same length, I chuck the cutter in the drill press and with the drill press on, slowly lower the cutter down onto a piece of 320 sandpaper glued to a piece of hardwood plywood. Do not apply enough pressure to cut through. Remove the plug cutter and examine the ends of the legs. You can see which leg was contacting first by the dull spot on the end. Take a couple more strokes on that leg with the file and check it again. This is a long explanation, but I could have sharpened my cutter in less time than it took to write this. It's a fairly easy process and works well for me.If the sides of the cutter legs are worn and dull they are easy to touch up with the same flat file, and you don't have to be as careful keeping them uniform.
Works very well with drill press on a stable surface.
I would buy this product again!!!!!!!
In order to hide screw holes as much as possible, you need a plug cutter that will cut cleanly through hard woods as well as soft woods. Oak is quite hard and burns easily without a sharp tool. The Fuller plug cutters are very precise in their measurements and you get a tapered plug that easily hides the screw holes. I have to highly recommend them for helping to make a great finish to the wood!
This plug cutter cuts!
The plug cutter was used in my 12" bench top drill press to make plugs from white oak and plug holes that were countersunk in 6 Adirondack chairs. After 400+ plugs the cutter has shown no sign of dulling. The cutter worked best on the slow speed setting ~500rpm. The holes were countersunk in the drill press as well with a Fuller countersink and the fit is perfect.
I would buy this plug again
I had about 500 IPE plugs to cut so I ordered two of these plug cutters, I cut them all with one cutter and it was still sharp after I finished them . So now I have a extra cutter for my storage box