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Theres a Better Way

Make A Custom Hole Saw To Remove Stripped Screws

comments (5) July 1st, 2011 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

For use with multi-clip THERE's A BETTER WAY BLOG posts only

Video Length: 3:00
Produced by: John Ross, Edited by: Mike Dobsevage

If you need to pull a bent screw or busted nail from a piece of wood you want to save, you could dig it out with a cat's paw, but there's a better way.



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How to make a hole saw from a golf-club shank

This tip from comes from Don Stevenson from Woodland, Washington. He created a little narrow hole saw to dig fasteners out, made out of the shaft of a golf club. The hole saw leaves a clean hole that is easy to patch or plug.

Don starts by using a hack-saw to cut small kerfs in the end of a short section of an old golf club shaft, and then filing the kerfs to make small teeth. Lastly, Don uses a punch to flare the teeth out for a cleaner cut.

To use this mini hole saw, Don makes a guide block with a hole the same diameter as the golf club shaft, and clamps it over the screw so that the hole-saw has something to guide it into the work piece. Once the guide block is aligned over the screw, he clamps the work piece down, and drives the hole saw through the hole in the guide block. Once the screw is removed from the wood, he uses a long screwdriver to eject the plug from the end of the hole saw.

In testing Don's tip, we found that a chrome golf club shaft can be slippery, and it may be difficult to get a drill chuck to get a hold of it. Placing a wrap of masking tape on the end helps secure it in the chuck.

Another helpful tip: Cutting kerfs in the tubing is difficult. To make this task easier, make a feather clamp. Take a thin scrap of wood, drill a hole the same diameter of the tube, and cut a kerf down the center of the hole in line with the grain of the wood. Slide the tube into the hole in the scrap and clamp the wood into your vice. With even pressure all the way around the shaft, your vice should grip the tube well without crushing it.



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Comments (5)

rwotzak rwotzak writes: GreenHeartCo, I'm sorry if attributing our April Fools video tip to "April Uno" seemed in bad taste. We were merely using the name as a hint that it was an "April 1st" prank so that nobody would take it seriously and hurt themselves with their own dangerously-modified hammer. Fine Homebuilding's mission has always been to showcase the best work by the best builders and remodelers, regardless of whether they are women or men.

Posted: 9:30 am on July 6th

grateful.ed grateful.ed writes: Hey Zargon,
glad you liked the tip--thanks for saying so. Here's a link to the vest,
Posted: 7:19 am on July 5th

Zargon Zargon writes: Yo! That was a GREAT tip... now where did I stash those old golf clubs????

But really what I want to know is: "What is the brand/maker of that tool vest you are wearing.. and where can I get one?

I've done a google search and several come up... but not like the one Chuck Miller is wearing.

So if anyone knows... shoot me an email:


Zargon in HotLanta
Posted: 7:02 am on July 5th

GreenHeartCo GreenHeartCo writes: I love the great tips and am always sharing them with others; however, I find that contributing your 'April fools' tip to a woman is out of line for an industry that already struggles to take women carpenters seriously.
Posted: 10:39 am on July 4th

raengler raengler writes: Couple of points...

Golf club shafts are standard sizes at the tip...where the shaft seats in the hosel of the club...Iron shafts are .375 and wood shafts are .336. Modern shafts are parallel at the tip, but you can also get tapered shafts. A tapered shaft might work better as a "drill bit".

Second, a better way to cut the "teeth" is to use a Dremel tool with a cutoff wheel.

You can also buy pre-made hole saws made for removing stripped threads, but that's not as much fun. ;-)
Posted: 7:19 am on July 4th

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