Drilling into 2" x 2" x 4' Western Red Cedar

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Forum topic by nhlblues posted 07-09-2018 05:23 PM 514 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2018 05:23 PM


I have an issue of trying to drill a 5/32” hole in a knot in the wood and have been unsuccessful, even when starting with a 1/16” bit and gradually using larger bits in succession including the 5/32” bit.

Is there any way to drill a small hole into a knot in cedar?

Thank you.

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 05:27 PM

Why do you need to drill into the knot?

If you absolutely must do it, you’re likely going to need a drill press and a quality twist bit.

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#2 posted 07-09-2018 05:30 PM

Can you give more info on what happens when your try to drill the knot.
If the knot is loose or falling apart you might saturate it with CA glue (super glue) first. The thin version will soak into the wood but if there are gaps or cracks I would follow the thin glue immediately with medium thick glue until the cracks are filled. The application of the thin glue allows the thicker glue to wick into the knot better. Then let it set for a while so the thicker glue can set up. To speed set up time you can spray it with accelerator.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 07-09-2018 07:17 PM

Whenever I need to carefully guide a drill bit into an odd grain or angle, I pull out my trusty Stanley 59 dowel jig. I have better jigs for doweling, but for drilling a precise hole it can’t be beat.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 07-09-2018 07:37 PM

Sounds like you need sharp drill bits. What are you using?

-- Rick M,

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