Good drill bits for MDF?

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Forum topic by jstewart posted 02-21-2008 06:12 AM 5016 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2008 06:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: forstner drill bits mdf question

I was looking at a Freud 1 3/8” forstner bit on Amazon and noticed an interesting review. The reviewer had nothing but good things to say about the bit, but then ended with a statement that made me question the purchase I was about to make. He said, “Also this is not the bit for man made materials ie MDF, plywood, chip board. I use it only on hardwood styles- High speed steel wont go far in MDF!”

Is this true? I’m looking for a bit to drill cups for some Blum hinges that I’m using to mount some MDF doors on some MDF cabinets in my garage. Should I be looking for carbide tips?

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#1 posted 02-21-2008 06:58 AM

It’s true. MDF is harder on bits than normal wood.

Particle board and MDF are very abrasive materials so you will want to use carbide.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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