Woodworking Tool Tips: The Drill

Whether you have a wood shop or not, you should have a drill in your home. This is one of the most useful tools that you can own and it will come in handy for all types of projects. There are two main types of drills that you can choose from, and those are the corded drills and the cordless drills. Each type of drill has its advantages and disadvantages.

The obvious advantage of a cordless drill is that it does not have a cord to trip you up and get in your way when you are working on a project. This can also be a safety consideration as well in the wood shop. It has been known to happen where corded drills have been caught in the saw and quickly become useless cordless drills.

There are some things to look for when you are selecting a cordless drill however, be sure to check the horsepower. Will it be a strong enough drill for your applications? How long does the battery life last? Maybe it would be a good investment to purchase a replacement battery so that you will not have to experience a work stoppage if the battery dies half way through the project.

You will also want to look for a drill that has a variable speed control, that way you can also use it as a screw driver and for some applications that require a slower touch. Having a reverse function on your drill is also an excellent feature to have.

When you choose a drill, pick it up and test it out in your hand before you purchase it. Is it heavy? The more powerful drills will be heavier, however as long as a drill is well balanced it shouldn’t matter too much.

The drill should be easy to mange and you should be able to easily point the drill in the proper direction.

Drills are used in the wood shop mostly to put in screw holes into projects. It is important to remember when you are using a drill that the hole should be drilled to be the same size or slightly smaller than the screw stem in order for the flange of the screw to bite into the wood, otherwise you could easily split the wood. This is why it is usually a good idea to countersink the screw holes, giving the project a nice finished look without the risk of splitting the wood.