08 Jun A Depth Stop for Forstner Bits and a Double-ended V Bit
Here are a couple of interesting new products from MLCS Router Bits & Woodworking Products in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. The first is a tool that lets a woodworker control the depth of a Forstner bit recess when using a portable drill. It’s called the Forstner Bit Depth Stop (item 301-0109, listed at $29.99).
This could be quite handy on the jobsite when installing hardware. It’s designed for Forstner bits but also works with any other style drill bit up to 2-1/8″ in diameter. It has a built-in bearing that keeps the stop motionless while the drill bit spins, so even though it’s attached to the chucked bit, the company says that it will rest on the stock without turning and won’t mark or burn the wood. The depth stop comes with three different bushings to fit on bits with shank diameters of 3/8″, 7/16″ and 9/16″.
The second item that caught our eye is a two-flute, double-ended, solid carbide V-bit for portable routers that can plow both 60-degree and 90-degree V-grooves. It’s made in the USA by Eagle America and has a 1/4” shank, so the maximum groove width is also 1/4”. It’s ideal for sign-making and could also be used to create wooden threads (check out this clever YouTube™ video from Kriss at Toolify). The router bit has a cut length of 1/8” at 90 degrees and 3/16” at 60 degrees. The overall length is 2”. This is item 132-9002 on the MLCS website and it lists for $26.95.