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Do You use Your Best Drill Bits in a Metal Doweling Jig?
I have a very nice brad-point drill set I purchased from Lee Valley Tools. It's the nicest drill set I've ever owned and cost a pretty petty. I have not regretted the purchase. The bits have razor sharp points and edges, and drill very nice, accurate holes.
I've never made very many projects with dowels, but plan to more often. I purchased a nice doweling jig made with aluminum. I'm concerned using these bits in the doweling jig will dull the edges much more rapidly than normal use.
I'm looking for feedback from woodworkers who have experience using these jigs. I've already thought about the need to hold the bit as straight as possible, and using inferior bits so as not worry about damaging the good ones. I beleive the sides are sharp for a reason, they may do the bulk of the cutting but they are important enough that the manufacturer went to the trouble of making them exremely sharp.
Yes it may seem to some I am overthinking this, but I'd like to use the nice bits and not send them out for sharpening too frequently.