How to drill in wooden posts

Drilling holes in wood - the most important tips

Which drill is the right one?

Of course you use a wood drill bit (€ 1.79 at Amazon *) to drill into wood, but what format should it be? Take a drill with a center point; A twist drill is the tool of choice for small and medium-sized holes.

Shallow, wide holes up to 3 cm deep are best drilled with a Forstner bit, deep holes from 8 cm are preferably done with an auger bit. Use the drill or cordless screwdriver for drilling.

How to drill in wood

If possible, drill along the grain of the wood, then the result will be best. This is how you do it:

  • Secure the workpiece sufficiently against slipping, for example with clamps.
  • If you are drilling on a countertop, place an old wooden plate underneath to avoid damaging it. This means that no fiber tears occur when drilling through.
  • Work at medium speed for a clean hole without burn marks due to excessive friction.
  • If you want to create a screw connection between two wooden elements, then drill the part to be screwed first about half a millimeter larger than the screw diameter. The second part is then drilled about a millimeter closer.
  • Special wood screws are recommended for screwing, the shaft of which is either cylindrical or conical. The distinctive tip makes it easier to screw into wood, as does the steep incline.
  • The general rule is: Your screwdriver will find the best hold with Torx screws, and Phillips screws are also easy to work with. Slotted screws are less recommended as they slip off more easily.
  • When using countersunk head screws, ensure that the drill hole depth is sufficient so that the screw head can really be countersunk.
When drilling through wood, avoid splintering the fibers by pulling the drill bit out again at the first small opening and placing it on the opposite side.
Author: Elisabeth Fey - Note: All information is provided without guarantee

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