3 Steps to Drill Wood
– Step 1: Prepare your work area
– Step 2: Prepare to drill
– Step 3: Drill the wood
Drilling wood is relatively simple, but it does require some skill. A poorly drilled hole can make it difficult to screw two pieces together. That’s why it’s important that the drilling be done in a straight line. When drilling wood, it is crucial to choose a suitable drill bit. Choose a special wood drill that is well sharpened and will make holes without splintering. Here’s our handy sheet to help you drill wood like a pro.
1. Prepare your work area
If you have several holes to drill, prepare a convenient work area. Protect the furniture and floor by covering them with used sheets, polyethylene film or tarps. Protect your face with a face mask and your eyes with goggles to avoid dust splashes.
2. Prepare for drilling
Insert a wood drill bit into the chuck.
Depending on what the hole you are making in the wood will be used for, note that if you want to:
– dowel the wood; the diameter of the drill bit should be precisely equal to or slightly smaller than the diameter of the wood dowel that you will place in the drilled hole.
– screw in the wood, the diameter of the drill bit must be smaller than the screws.
– passing a bolt or rod through the wood, the diameter of the drill bit must be slightly larger than the bolt.
To determine the depth of the hole to be drilled:
– Take the screw you will be screwing into the drilled hole.
– Place the screw next to the drill bit.
– With masking tape, mark the location of the screw head on the drill bit.
– Insert the drill bit into the chuck. To do this
o Unscrew the chuck with the automatic system or a wrench, if the drill has one.
o To insert the drill bit into the chuck, refer to the instructions provided when you purchased the drill.
– Make sure that the drill bit is held correctly in the chuck: there should be no play.
3. Drill the wood
– Set the drill to minimum speed and drill through the wood to mark the hole.
– Position your drill bit in the center of the mark.
– Start the drill.
– Increase the speed of the drill and drill to the mark previously made on the drill bit.
– Stop the drill.
– Blow the dust out of the drilled hole to dislodge the dust.
– Remove the dust from the floor related to the drilling with a vacuum cleaner.
– Remove polyethylene film, tarps or sheets from the floor and furniture.
Equipment needed for drilling wood
Electrical extension cord
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