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  1. #1
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    Default Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    Was getting ready to order some hole saws for various woodworking projects. Wanting to make bee escapes, top feeders (for large mouth mason jars) and such.

    What is the most common hole saw sizes everyone uses?

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    Default Re: Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    I just use a regular 3/8" diameter drill bit, or sometimes a 3/8" spade bit - either work just fine. I'm not even sure they make hole saws that small.
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    Default Re: Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    I use a 2-3/4" hole saw for regular size mason lids but I screen over the holes and place the jar on top of the inner cover rather than down into the hole. I'd measure the wide mouth lids that you have and order a hole saw accordingly.

    Ed

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    Default Re: Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    For a boardman type feeder jar I use a 2 7/8 hole saw or an adjustable circle cutter. The adjustable one works OK for plywood not as well on regular pine.

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    Default Re: Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    I'm using a 2 3/4" Forstner bit for the standard Mason jar lids. The only problem here is the shank size- 1/2", which is pretty much for machinist drill press use only. I have a machinist drill press.

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    Default Re: Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    I use a 2 3/4" holesaw to cut migratory covers for regular capped mason jars, if you don't put screen over the hole, you can put any kind of jar or bucket over the hole as a feeder. When not feeding I just leave the empty jar, or lay one of those plastic political signs on top.

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