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Righlander 12-18-2010 05:29 PM

drilling spigot hole
whats the best thing to use? i cant imagine a drill bit big enough to do it

Revvy 12-18-2010 05:34 PM

Are you talking about for a bottling bucket? I used a hole saw and a piece of wood for mine.


If you are talking for a ball valve on a kettle, then I think folks use a metal cutting step bit.


mfraier 12-18-2010 05:42 PM

1" hole saw for spigot most of the time. Ask a neighbor before you buy one to drill 1 hole.

Righlander 12-18-2010 05:53 PM

yep its for a bottling bucket. thanks

Revvy 12-18-2010 05:58 PM

For a bottling bucket I found that it is easier to drill from the inside, and to put a block of wood under it, drill a pilot hole and then run the bit through and let the cutter cut it. It wouln'd hurt to go a little small and the using a nail emory board to sand it more.

PT Ray 12-18-2010 06:08 PM

I think the hole for the swivel spigot is 1" as mentioned. Harbor Freight has a set of step bits that are big enough. They're on sale for $15 and are a must have next to a set of regular drill bits. http://www.harborfreight.com/media/c...image_3519.jpg

mfraier 12-18-2010 06:50 PM

Any local hardware or home improvement will have a hole saw set. They are nice to have around, but like I said if this is the only hole you will use it for I would ask around fiirst. Why spend the money on a setto use once or twice? Just a thought.

92greenyj 12-18-2010 07:11 PM

I use a step bit for my hole drilling needs

Hermit 12-18-2010 07:11 PM

I used a Forstner bit. The fight is so tight I have to screw the spigot into the bucket. Not that I'm complaining...... :D

jonmohno 12-19-2010 04:06 AM

i used a woodboring bit? i think its called that. Its flat with point in the middle, they are like 5 bucks, snug fit kinda choppy hole though. I may have ended up spending more making mine than if i would have just bought one, unless you can borrow one and get a free bucket.
Now i can drill one inch holes and half inch holes wherever and whenever i want all day and all night.Nobody can stop me.Until i lose them.
It's also referred as a spadebit.

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