It is often seen that when one tries to drill holes into wood or any kind of furniture, the drill bit splinters wood and wastes the entire attempt. This happens more when you’re drilling through laminates and any other kinds of fragile materials. Although there are some carpenters who take elaborate and detailed precautions while preventing splintering, keeping the wood intact through which you drill isn’t too easy a task. Irrespective of whether you’re using a spade or an auger or a Forstner bit, the machine needs to have a pilot tip, and in case you’re using a battery drill, always make sure that your battery has charge. If the drill runs too slowly due to low charge, there is more possibility of chipping. Here are some safety tips for you.
1. Lay a tape on the surface of the wood: You can lay blue painter’s tape on the surface of the wood, and then mark the position of the hole and drill through the tape into the wood. Why should you be using painter’s tape? Well, this is a better kind of tape as this is an all-purpose tape which is a better choice since it adheres mildly and is easy to pull off.
2. Insert a wood boring bit in the drill: You may also try by inserting a wood-boring bit into the drill. An auger bit is the best option for holes up to ½ inch in diameter, a spade bit is the best option for holes between ½ and 1 ½ inches and a Forstner bit is perfect for holes up to 4 inches. Remember that the bit that you choose should have a pilot tip, which is a sharp point that extends beyond the main portion.
3. Know the thickness of the wood: You should also measure the thickness of the wood into which you will be drilling. Use a tape to measure and make a mark on the shaft or body of the bit, which marks the distance from the tip. Then you can wrap a piece of tape through the shaft with its edge on the mark and then use the tape as a depth gauge.
4. Hold the tip of the drill: Next you need to hold the tip of the drill against the wood and center it on the hole that you’re drilling. Run the drill at a high speed while holding it in a steady manner and while doing so, allow the bit to bore.
5. Remove the bit: Remove this bit when the tape is about ¼ inch above from the surface of the wood and then take a look at the back side of the wood. You will soon see the pilot tip when it has begun to emerge.
6. Lay a tape on the reverse side: Next you can lay a tape on the reverse side and insert the pilot tip in the small hole and finish up the process.
So, here goes the 6 steps that you have to take while drilling a hole into the furniture that is made of wood.