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WhimzeeBearz Whimzee Bears
Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Posts: 126

I always seem to be running out of joints or never have the size I need (RIGHT NOW !!) being the impatient person that I am and hate waiting for orders to be delivered, does anyone know if there is a tool available that you can use to make your own joints?

I sometimes make my own mini joints using a standard hole punch so I'd like to imagine there is such a tool out there that could punch out all sorts of sizes and pierce a whole in the centre too ??

WhimzeeBearz Whimzee Bears
Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Posts: 126

That is 'hole' in the centre NOT 'whole' ...  I do know how to spell lol ... how embarrassing  :redface:

jenny Three O'clock Bears
warwickshire uk
Posts: 4,413

You can get a drill attatchment that cuts out discs...not sure about the hole in the centre at the same time though....

SueAnn Past Time Bears
Double Oak, Texas
Posts: 21,773

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Several TTers have used fender washers in a pinch (you can get them at a hardware store) and they come in many sizes.

nimbleknot Cupcake Bears
Austin, Texas
Posts: 711

I have a leather punch with a wheel on it so you can choose all different size holes. The actual punch is very very sharp, unlike a paper punch. It's almost like a cutter. I've had it for like 100 years and it works perfectly.

SunnieOne Sunnie Bears
Ridgecrest, CA
Posts: 1,167

I use a bench press drill that we got at a garage sale. I bought a kit at Home Depot that has different sized hole cutters, but it isn't that easy to use. So I finally antied up enough to but hole cutters in the sizes I need. The hole saws (cutters) also have a place to put a regular drill bit in the center so that hole is cut at the same time as your disc. I buy the laminated board in Home Depot as well and can cut as many as I need at the time, or enough to fill up my disc bins all at once

StarHawk2003 VallierBears
Posts: 270

Thanks for the topic!

When I used to make my own bird breeding/Nesting boxess, I always needed to cut holes in the fronts. After alot of testing I found a piece called a Hole saw you attach to your drill.

Ah but the testing didn't stop there.  I purchased a cheap-ish set from my local hardware store. They came in sizes from 1"-4" I believe. The first time I drilled with it, it made my hole stagered size. I noticed when I was pushing down on my drill, that the metal teeth where spreading and so making the entrace hole a simple 2" diameter but then on the inside it was more like 2 1/4" diameter.

Make sure you get a really sturdy one. Not thin metal but one that wont bend inwards or outwards if you put pressure on it.

I did a quick search and you can get them with drill pieces attached in the center. I'm attaching an image.


Good luck,


WhimzeeBearz Whimzee Bears
Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Posts: 126

Thanks for all the great tips everyone...looks like I'm off to the hardware store  yeehah  bear_grin

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