- Drilling Flat-Bottomed Holes: Forstner bits excel at creating flat-bottomed holes, which is essential for certain woodworking applications, such as when inserting dowels or other hardware that requires a level surface.
- Hinge and Hardware Installation: Woodworkers use Forstner bits to create recesses for hinges, latches, and other hardware. The flat-bottomed holes produced by Forstner bits provide a stable base for the hardware to sit flush with the surface.
- Cabinetmaking: Forstner bits are widely used in cabinetmaking to drill holes for adjustable shelving pins, creating clean and precise holes that accommodate shelf support systems.
- Creating Pocket Holes: Forstner bits are sometimes used to create pocket holes, which are angled holes used in joinery for connecting pieces of wood. This is often done in combination with pocket hole jigs.
- Boring Large Diameter Holes: Forstner bits are available in a variety of sizes, including larger diameters. They are suitable for boring larger holes in wood, which may be required for various projects such as making wooden bowls or large-diameter through-holes.
- Decorative Inlays: Woodworkers use Forstner bits to create decorative inlays by drilling precise, circular patterns into the wood. This can add visual interest and detail to furniture or other woodworking projects.
- Concealed Fastening: Forstner bits are employed for creating countersunk holes to conceal fasteners, providing a neat and finished appearance to the wood surface.
- Woodturning: In woodturning projects, Forstner bits are used to create initial holes for items like candle holders or to prepare the wood for turning on a lathe.