What’s the best way to cut a circle into wood?

  • For small holes that are less than 1 ½” inches in diameter, use a spade bit (also called a paddle bit) with your cordless drill. It has a distinct tip that anchors the bit into the center of the circle, then uses a wider diameter to drill out the size of circle you need.
  • For holes between 1”-8”, use a hole saw. These are literally metal circles that have a drill bit attached to the top and have sharp teeth around the bottom edge.
  • For large holes, use a jig. These attach to your saw. (When it’s attached to a saber saw, it becomes a “jigsaw.” But you can also attach jigs to routers or roto zips.) Then it attaches to the piece of wood and allows your saw to move around it in a circular pattern.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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