Axcaliber Forstner Bits
Axcaliber Forstner Bits
£8.45 - £24.97 (£7.04 - £20.81 Ex. VAT)

Axcaliber Forstner Bits

  • For clean, accurate and flat bottomed holes
  • Unaffected by grain or knots
  • Range of metric and 3 exact imperial sizes
  • 90mm overall length
  • Sizes 10 - 12.7mm have 6mm shanks
  • Sizes 14 - 30mm have 8mm shanks
  • Sizes 32 - 50mm have 10mm shanks
  • The 19mm (3/4"), 25.4mm (1") bits have a shank of 9.5mm (3/8")
  • The 12.7mm (1/2") bit has a 6.35mm (1/4") shank
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£8.45 - £24.97 (£7.04 - £20.81 Ex. VAT)

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An excellent quality Forstner bit from our Axcaliber range at a competitive price. Forstner or pattern maker's bits are unlike any other type of boring bit in that they are guided by their rims and centre point. Holes bored with a Forstner are clean, accurate and flat bottomed. Only a Forstner will bore half a hole on the edge of a board or overlapping holes. Being flat bottomed, they are often used for inlays in veneer work.

Metric sizes 10 to 12.7mm have 6mm shanks 14 to 30mm have 8mm shanks, above 32mm they have 10mm shanks. Bits are 90mm overall length.
N.B. The 19mm (3/4") and 25.4mm (1") bits have a shank of 9.5mm (3/8"). The 12.7mm (1/2") bit has a 6.35mm (1/4") shank

For the best results, use in a pillar drill.

N.B These Forstner bits are designed for use in side grain, for end grain boring Sawtooth cutters are recommended.
Made in Austria.

This product is on page 78 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.
Reviews (15)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5 based on 15 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


Richard Thornton

22 August 2018

Good Buy

A few years ago, I purchased a set of Axminster titanium coated forstner bits which although giving a nice clean cut, were alright for use in softwood, but very hard going in any hardwood. I needed to drill a series of 20mm holes in that horrible Asian hardwood ply, which splinters very easily and necessitated a forstner bit for a clean cut. I tried using the ones that I had but it was taking far too long, with frequent resharpening, so I decided to try an Axcaliber unit despite my apprehension about another cheap bit. The difference is amazing as this bit drills both cleanly as fast, a much better tool than my previous set and I am now intending to replace all my forstner bits with Axcaliber ones.


18 January 2018

Like a hot knife through butter

Got my 38mm yesterday as I needed one for my routertable-build. Quality (experienced so far) i superb! Fast shipping, like 4-5 days (Sweden) and cheap too! I’ll definitely get more of these In the future. Let’s hope it holds up well. Coz for now it’s like cutting with a hot knife through butter :)


28 November 2017

Good value for money 40mm Forstner Bit

Like a lot of DIYers, I tend to go cheap for anything I'm not likely to use again. Sometimes that works out and sometimes not. It seems with Forstner bits you just have the pony up (and not that much either) to get good results. This bit is wildly better than the one from my cheapo set. Cuts cleanly and with minimal effort. Worth every penny.
FYI - I would have stumped up for the Axminster 16 bit set but the 40mm bits and up have a 15mm shank and my drill chuck is too small.


12 August 2016

12mm bit - good job!

Used the 12mm bit in my Axminster pillar drill to make holes up to 50mm deep in green oak. Did all 64 holes and the bit's going strong - very nice to use.

Andrew Howard

11 January 2016


I bought one of these for drilling holes in American White Oak for small oil lamps, and, like the other reviewer, I found they burnt the timber and didn't cut very well. However, instead of abandoning the project I used a flat wood bit (I'd only got up 32mm) for the bulk of the hole and then finished the opening with the Forstner bit and they worked fine. For the next occasion, Im going to try an expansive/adjustable bit and see how they perform,probably using the same approach and finishing with the Forstner.

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