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Questions tagged [drilling]

The process of boring a hole into or through a piece of wood.

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How do you drill concentric holes of different diameters on a drill press?

Often times I need to drill maybe a 1/4" hole, all the way through the piece, and then a 3/8" or 1/2" hole half way through the piece in the same spot. It is often imperative that these holes are ...
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Am I selecting the correct drill bit for this job?

I'm new to woodworking so hopefully this question falls within this exchanges guidelines, please advise if not. I'm trying to drill the screw below into plywood as shown in the photo: There will be ...
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Tools needed for drilling holes into the wood?

I just need to drive few holes into the wood to make a DIY bathroom storage. But I am facing some problem to do that without any tools. Can anyone sort out the required tools for that?
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Not sure how to successfully drill these pieces

I'm trying to drill two pieces of wood similar to the angled pieces marked in blue. However, I'm not sure how to clamp these and can't drill them straight without the wood slipping. What's the best ...
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Carving a wood bowl or cut without a lathe

My son wants to make my wife a wooden bowl or cup out of a section of a log. I don't have a lathe and was wondering if its possible to hollow it out using some type of drill bit or sanding disc on a ...
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countersinking screws

I still don't understand about countersinking screws. I have been in lowes and home depot and have never seen packages that say countersinking screws. I still don't know the purpose of countersinking ...
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Cam Bolt and Screw hole drilling

With reference to my previous question regarding Cam Bolt and Screws, certainly I realised that I have to drill the screws and the bolts too. So, I need a little info about drilling the holes ...
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Will a steel guide bushing harm a drill bit?

I want to build a jig to speed up production of a furniture item. The jig will hold a piece steady while the user hand-drills a hole in a certain spot. I want to use a steel bushing to guide the ...
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How to bore a hole in a shotgun stock that already has an off center hole in it?

I would like advice on how to drill or bore a 7/8" hole in the butt of a shotgun stock. It already has a hole in it that is off center of the hole I wish to bore. I need to bore the hole so that it is ...
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Is it a problem if my countersink bit is slightly larger than it needs to be?

I just want the ability to countersink (occasional use) and I have 6-7-8mm head screws and I'm buying a single 8.3mm countersink bit (Makita HSS P-73542 3 flute). But what's stopping me from not ...
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How do I fix chuck wobble in my drill press?

My drill press has a slight wobble in the chuck that makes it difficult to line up the contact point of the bit and the wood when it is rotating (on a 1/8 inch bit the wobble is roughly the width of ...
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How to make a 3/4" flat bottomed hole?

I recently bought a 1/2" 2 flute end mill bit, which fits in my table top drill press (1/2" chuck). I'm making perfectly flat bottomed holes (won't be seen in the final project) that go almost all the ...
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Decrease the diameter of part of a cylinder

I have a cylinder with a 4 cm diameter and 8 cm high. The internal thickness is 1 cm. How can I reduce this diameter only for the first 2 cm of its height? I have a drill press. My thinking was to ...
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Drill a perfectly centred hole in a cylinder

I have to drill a perfectly centred hole in the flat part of a cylinder.I don't know how to do but I thought something like this: I want to take a piece of wood and fix it at the base of the drill ...
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How do I drill greater than 7 inches in from the edge of my sheet of wood?

From the drill press's supporting pipe to the drill bit tip measures 5". I believe this limits me to drilling no farther than 5" in from any given side of my MDF sheet. Unfortunately, I need to drill ...
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Enlarging a Hole made by a Hole Saw

I drilled several holes in my desk to put some grommets using a 7/8" hole saw bit. Unfortunately, I realized afterwards that the hole was supposed to be 1" to fit my grommets. Then, despite knowing ...
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Long travel drill guide

I need to drill a 10mm hole 200mm through timber 50mm wide. If these dimensions sound odd it's for a pin through a right angle finger join to another piece of the same size. I start centred 25mm ...
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How do I put a really long narrow straight hole in a piece of wood?

I tried using a really long thin drill bit that probably had a different purpose (like maybe drywall stuff) to put a hole in a tobacco pipe project. But the bit blew out the side of the wood because ...
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Is there still a place for “hand drills” in a modern woodshop?

I've seen hand drills hanging on walls in restaurants and at rummage sales. Is there still a place for "hand drills" in a modern woodshop?
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Barring support for older tools why are keyed chucks still manufactured? Hopefully not just in my own ignorance but I view keyless chucks as just a useful equivalent without being tethered to the need ...
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

My drill press doesn't have a "stop". How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?
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Joining acrylic and dowel with nut and bolt?

I'm planning to do this project that involves joining acrylic (1cm or 0.4inches thick) to a dowel that's 2.75cm (1 1/16inches) in diameter. I plan on joining the acrylic piece onto the dowel by ...
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How do I choose a drill press?

A drill press seems such an essential tool -- even outside of fine woodworking I have found need for it a great many times -- but as I dive into woodworking I see even more of a need for it. The ...
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Best way to drill a concentric hole with a lathe

I'm new to turning and recently decided to make some pepper mills. Starting with squareish stock I roughed the pieces to round and then started drilling several concentric holes of different sizes ...
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Why is my countersink bit making hexagonal holes?

Every time I use my countersink bit, it creates a hexagonal hole. I've tried a hand drill, an electric drill, drilling fast, drilling slow, soft pressure, firm pressure - virtually every time it will ...
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Drilling a hole in end of spindle

What's the best way to drill a hole in the end of a short spindle (maybe 8")? Mine is already turned and does not look like it would be so easy to clamp to. Is there a jig I can make to hold the ...
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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?

I have a 2" diameter, 11" length dowel. I want to drill a 5/16" hole exactly in the center of each end, 2" min depth. It needs to be precise because it is for axles that the dowel needs to spin freely ...
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What size pilot hole should I drill for for a specific size of screw?

I am trying to install a safe using 8mm coach screws (legislation dictates this is the minimum required size) into Jarrah. What size pilot holes should I drill? Is there a standard reference chart? I ...
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How to make a heptagonal construction set?

I want to make a construction set with rods and nodes similar to Zome or K'nex or Tinkertoys. Mine will be in entirely in the plane and based on heptagonal (7-fold) symmetry. (In fact, I'd like ...
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Do auger bits have advantages?

While not the focus of the question I wanted to point out that when it comes to drill presses I almost always see forstner bits suggested here at WW (for good reason of course). Much to my surprise ...
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How to cut the centre out of a large round of wood

I have a large round of wood (horizontal slice of a tree) which is about 20 inches across (circle diameter) and 8-9 inches deep. I want to take the centre out of the wood, either by cutting a circle ...
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Can you overwork an impact driver?

I recently got a 20v driver and impact driver set. Never had an impact driver before but I cannot imagine life without it. It makes it really hard to split wood by over driving and I love that. But I ...
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Drilling a straight, centered hole down square-cross-section bar stock?

I'm trying to drill a centered, straight hole in a piece without a big drill press and a bunch of clamps and brackets, which seems to be the usual way to do it. I can manage straight, but centered is ...
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Why don't most modern drill presses use some form of VFD instead of manual belt-changes to adjust speed?

I was honestly surprised to see that most modern drill presses still use belts and pulleys (and the manual changing of them) to accomplish variable speeds. Does this design offer certain benefits that ...
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Drilling a hole parallel to the face in a tight area, right angle drilling?

I need to drill a precise hole into a small cavity which happens to the parallel to the face of the piece of wood. To better illustrate this I made a simple diagram to be absolutely clear on what I'm ...
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Best method for drilling a larger diameter hole at an angle

I spent the weekend making a simple wine rack out of cedar for my mother as a gift. I drilled 1.5" holes in a cedar 2x6 to make something like this: So to keep the bottles inverted (keep the cork ...
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Is this a specific kind of hand drill?

I have been collecting tools from my grandfather's old workshop. One of the items appears to be a hand drill. What is odd about this is that if you look up hand drill they either function similar to a ...
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Can I use a plungable router bit on a drill press?

I'm currently working on a cutting board. With a core box bit, I made rounded grooves close to the edges of the board. I would like to have bigger grooves on the corners. I'm thinking of using a ...
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What is the best way to enlarge a hole with my cordless drill?

Whenever I try to make a hole slightly larger with my cordless drill, the drill bit catches and wanders, and doesn't stay centered. Normally I use twist bits, but I'm pretty sure I would have the same ...
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Tiny core bits for broken screws

I have on several occasions broken screw heads in pieces where I can't readily access or cut into the joint they're securing. Is there such a thing as a tiny core drill bit for cutting around what's ...
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Best method for drilling thousands of holes?

I make small hand-craft timber products from my garage and I've recently been approached by a wholesaler, who is looking to purchase large quantities of a very simple product I make. The product is ...
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Replacing small drill bits without buying new sets (or preventing breaks)

It seems that every few months, I've broken all my pilot hole drill bits because they're so easy to break (and so frequently used). So, every few months, I buy a whole new pack of drill bits and throw ...
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What are the advantages of countersinking screws?

What are the advantages of drilling a countersink rather than just trying to force the screw head past the plane of the wood? What are situations when you would or would not countersink?
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How to keep a hole saw together?

A few times I have purchased hole saw kits, there is one center piece and bunch of different sized saws every time I have tried to use one them by the second or third hole they are coming apart... It ...
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How do I ensure my drill is perfectly vertical before cutting a hole in my desk?

I want to cut a hole in my desk (3/4" furniture grade plywood with an oak veneer) to run cables through. I'll be using a hole saw and my cordless drill. Since this is going to be very visible, I want ...