Last updated on May 27th, 2020 at 10:02 pm
You don’t need a high level of skill to operate a cordless drill or any other type of drill, but with a few drilling tips you probably aren’t acquainted with before, you can up your drilling skills and drill like a professional craftsman.
If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have a cordless drill stacked somewhere in your garage, and sooner or later, you do encounter a few DIY projects that will need you to use your cordless drill.
Even though you don’t need a high level of skill to operate it, and it isn’t particularly dangerous like sawing with a miter saw or a table saw, the tips in this article will definitely help make your next drilling project go a whole lot smoother and safer.
Drilling tips for beginners
If you’re a beginner drill user or maybe you just got your first cordless drill, the following drilling tips will help you start drilling like a pro in no time.
1. Choose the right drill bits
For you to drill through any material you need to choose the right type of drill bits for that material. There are different drills for drilling through wood, metal and concrete.
If you have any doubts pertaining the type of drill bits to use, check the packaging of your cordless drill to learn about the type of drill bits recommended by the manufacturer.
2. Clamp the material you’re drilling to keep it steady
It is better and safer to clamp your workpiece to keep it steady before attempting to drill through it. Clamping it prevents the piece from moving while drilling and allows you to use both of your hands to handle the drill safely and do a better job.
3. Make use of sharp drill bits
You want to keep your drill bits sharp to make your drilling work easier and safer. If your drill bits are blunt, you don’t have to buy another set of drill bits. You can use a bench grinder to get them sharp.
4. Find your center and indent or create a pilot hole
Don’t just start drilling on your workpiece. If you want to drill a hole first find the center of the hole then, then use a punch or nail to make a tiny hole in the center.
This will help guide your drill bit into the material once you start drilling.
If you’re trying to drill a large hole, first make a pilot hole with a small drill bit, before using a hole saw or larger drill bit to make your large hole.
5. Reinforce your drilling point with tape
If you’re drilling through wood or board that may possibly crack once you start drilling, use painters tape to make an X on the spot before you drill your pilot hole.
The painters tape will reinforce the wood and prevent any possible cracking.
6. Start slow
If you start drilling too aggressively ast a fast speed, the drill bit may wander from the spot you’re drilling and mark or damage your workpiece.
You need to start slow to ensure you drill into the right spot first before increasing your speed.
7. Never force the drill through the material
It’s very important to not try to force the drill through the material you’re drilling. Forcing the drill will not make it go faster through the wood.
Rather, it will just get the drill bit blunt which will cause you to apply even more pressure that may end up breaking the bit.
8. Vary your speed according to the material you’re drilling
If you’re drilling through wood, you can use fast speeds, but if you’re drilling through metal, slow to medium speed is better to avoid breaking the drill bit.
9. Blow off chips of the material from the drill bit as you drill
If you’re drilling a deep hole, it’s advisable to pull out the drill bit every inch or so that you drill and blow of the wood chips or flakes from the bit.
This prevents the bit from getting too hot and getting blunt. Drilling with so much chips on the drill bit will also make it harder to drill as you drill down the hole.
10. Keep two or more sets of drill bits
Using only one set of drill bits will make them get dull quickly. But with two or more sets of drill bits available, you can switch between bits even between a single drilling task.
You can start with your newer set of sharp bits to start drilling a hole, then switch over midway through your drilling to the older bits to finish drilling the board or material you’re drilling. Doing that will keep your new bits set sharp, and prevent your older ones from getting too blunt.