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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

Ashler's answer is the simplest and cheapest way to get holes the same depth. But as an extra there are bit collars that can be put on the bits which will enforce exact depth stops.
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

A lot of people drill a hole through a suitable length of wood dowel (or small square cross section) and use that as a stop-collar on the drill. Example You can also just use an external chunk of ...
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

The simplest means is to place a tab of masking tape on the drill bit at the desired depth. When the spinning tab lowers to the surface of the wood and sweeps away the wood chips, stop.
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What are the advantages of countersinking screws?

Counter-sinking prevents murder. (that is, wood grain murder) Driving a screw into a hole that isn't counter-sunk will have a very small point of contact, which exerts brutal sheer forces and tears ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Keyed chucks still get a better grip on any bit. I'm willing to use keyless on my portable drill -- though mine will take a key too, and there are times when I use it. I wouldn't trust keyless on a ...
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

You can also adjust your drill press table to be at the desired depth when the drill reaches the end of it's stroke.
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Best method for drilling a larger diameter hole at an angle

Similar to bowlturner's answer, my answer depends on having access to a drill press. However, I suggest you use a few jigs. I've done similar projects, and the biggest problem is that a forstner bit ...
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

Tape is what I would have suggested and continue to use but if you wanted something a little more robust my suggestion would be depth stop collars /nuts Image from AliExpress Easily removed off the ...
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Enlarging a Hole made by a Hole Saw

Lee Valley (I'm sure you can get it elsewhere) sells a product called an Oops Arbor that allows you to mount two hole saws to a single arbor. The smaller one is held further out from the larger one ...
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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?

Finding the center Using Geometry There are a couple of ways to do this. Since your dowel is big enough you can do this by hand relatively easy. First would be to make 3 lines on the outside of the ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

As @keshlam pointed out. My drill presses both have keyed chucks and it allows much greater torque to put a stronger clamp on the bit. This is really important for larger bits when you get over 1 1/...
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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?

My final solution was to just use a drill press to drill a 2" hole with a forstner bit partway through a block of wood, then a 5/16" hole the rest of the way, centered on the pilot hole from the ...
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How do I ensure my drill is perfectly vertical before cutting a hole in my desk?

I saw a video online, that suggested a simple jig that will allow you to drill straight into a relatively flat surface. Take a piece of stock that is square. From the end of the stock, cut a wedge ...
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Best method for drilling a larger diameter hole at an angle

Personally, I would use my drill press. The bed will tilt to any angle and then you just clamp the board to the bed. You would need a piece of waste wood under the board so not to put the bit into ...
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Best method for drilling a larger diameter hole at an angle

As bowlturner mentioned, a drill press with a Forstner bit is the first solution that comes to mind. If you don't have a drill press, another solution is to cut the corner off a block of scrap wood ...
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Is there still a place for "hand drills" in a modern woodshop?

This is the type of question that unfortunately tends to yield primarily opinion-based answers, but I think it's one of a number of exceptions to this being a bad fit for SE. My answer is a ...
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What are the advantages of countersinking screws?

You can buy countersink bits for your drill or hand-driven countersinks. Countersinking helps you set all the screws to a consistent depth without any danger of splitting or denting the wood. The ...
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Tiny core bits for broken screws

Yes, there are hollow screw extractors like you describe, such as these two examples: http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/set3hollowscrewextractors.aspx http://www.amazon.com/WoodRiver-Screw-Extractor-...
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How do I put a really long narrow straight hole in a piece of wood?

You can do it without using a drill. See how pencils are made cut some square stock to length saw it in half lengthways cut a groove in each half glue the halves together shape the outside (e.g. ...
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Can I use a plungable router bit on a drill press?

I'm thinking of using a bigger core box bit on my drill press to make the four corners. I'm trying to avoid my plunge router due to possible side movements while plunging. I've heard of people using ...
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Can you overwork an impact driver?

Yes, it's possible to wear out an impact driver, but what you're describing sounds normal. The driver will act as a normal drill until it exceeds its "normal driving" capacity, then the internal ...
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Are very thin drill bits actually safe?

I was looking for a thin 2mm drill bit. When I asked a manufacturer why their thinnest drill bit was 3mm, they said because drill bits are fragile if you make them too thin. To me 2mm isn't actually ...
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What is the best way to enlarge a hole with my cordless drill?

The short answer is to use a guide. You can take a larger piece of hardwood and drill a hole of the larger size through it, then clamp it over the hole you wish to enlarge. If you're lucky and the ...
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What is the best way to enlarge a hole with my cordless drill?

If you use some sort of bushing to guide the drill and keep it on course. I use these from Big Gator Tools at Woodcraft.
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How do I ensure my drill is perfectly vertical before cutting a hole in my desk?

A drill guide will help you maintain the required angle, in your case, 90 degrees perpendicular to the desk. These are readily available at your local home improvement or tool store. Drill Guide http:...
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How do I ensure my drill is perfectly vertical before cutting a hole in my desk?

In two words: Pilot hole If you have a drill with the handy leveling bubble, this can be handy. Otherwise line up your drill bit using something akin to a speed square or carpenters square (checking ...
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Is there still a place for "hand drills" in a modern woodshop?

Not so much in woodworking, but there are times when my wheel brace is my drill of choice -- when I'm much more concerned about control than speed, especially on thin, slightly flexible plastic. Here'...
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How to keep a hole saw together?

I have not seen the type of adjustable hole saw you describe, perhaps it's a regional thing (I'm on the west coast USA), but the type I'm familiar with have a spring loaded collar with "drive pins" ...
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Replacing small drill bits without buying new sets (or preventing breaks)

Yes, small drill bits can break easily. Some manufacturers offer multi-packs of a single size drill bit. Multi-packs are also available for 1/4" hex shank bits. Some high-end drill bits are more ...
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Is this a specific kind of hand drill?

That's a push drill, sometimes referred to as a "Yankee drill". It has the advantage of working in some places where you can't fit a crank or brace-and-bit.
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