I am looking at the Drill Doctor as a possible solution to sharpen my drill bits. I mostly have twists, spades, a couple of brad points and a forstner bit. I have done a little research, and would like the advice of those that have gone before me on the “drill sharpening and using the right drill bits” adventure. Here are my questions:
1. I don’t see a lot of woodworkers talking about using spade bits. in fact, in a 9/1999 FWW article on using the right drill bits, spade bits weren’t evened mentioned. Is that because they are a poor choice for woodworking in general, or were they of poor quality back in 1999, so they weren’t even a consideration?
2. It seems like the drill doctor is okay for twist bits, but can do nothing for brad point, forstner etc. However, there is a new model out for spade bits (DDSB). I was looking at this model over others on the premise that spade bits are a real part of the woodworker’s tool kit. However, if spade bits are still out of favor, then I would look at other Drill Doctor models. Can someone show me the light on this one?
3. I haven’t been able to find something for a home woodworker, which is similar to the Drill Doctor, for brad point, forstner or the other bits mentioned in the 9/1999 FWW drill bit article. Hence, if I have to learn to sharpen the other bits by hand (or grinding wheel) is the Drill Doctor merely a nice “toy”, but not really necessary, or do a lot of you still use a “Drill Doctor like” machine for twist bits and still sharpen the others by hand?
Look forward to hearing back from my fellow “knots”