A drill is one of the most basic and also most versatile tools to have in your shop.
I received my first drill as a housewarming gift a few years ago and had no idea how to use it.
This video walks you through the basics. I include a demonstration for drilling pilot holes as well as some common mistakes to avoid when you’re first starting out.
So grab a cup of coffee, a drill, and some scrap wood in a convenient workspace. Let’s go!
Questions? Comments? Let me know below!
A highlights recap:
- Hold your drill level when you’re drilling a hole or screw into your piece.
- Use forward force when you’re inserting a screw to ensure adequate traction and a good grip between your bit and your screw.
- When choosing a drill bit, hold your bit in front of your screw. You should be able to just see the threads of your screw poking out. When in doubt, choose a drill bit is slightly smaller than your screw.
- If you’re drilling into a very hard substance such as a brick or solid piece of wood, consider investing in an impact driver, which has 2-3x the torque and force of a regular drill.
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