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What drill do you use to drill wood?

Drilling in a fence board, frame, tabletop or kitchen cupboard; apple-egg, right? Or is there something more to it than just grabbing a drill with just the first best drill from your suitcase? Given the lap text below it will not be very surprising that it indeed means something more. Of course it starts at the base: which drilling machine do you use for wood?


Drill in wood

If you drill in wood, you have to deal with the hardness of the wood. Strangely enough, this can not be deduced from the names 'hardwood' and 'softwood'. These words have to do with the origin of the wood: hardwood comes from deciduous trees (hardwood is actually better word) and softwood from pine trees. You can find the hardness of wood or (and let's face it, you will do it). In wood species such as spruce and pine, you can pierce a hole with your finger. On the other hand, oak and rosewood are just hard again. But no matter how hard wood is, we can drill into it anyway.

Drill in wood

What you drill into wood does not matter that much. A regular cordless drill already does the job. Even with impact drills you can easily get out of the wood (as long as you let the knock function out) and also a hammer (only turning, not hammering) is perfect for drilling in wood. If you want to drill wood that is still somewhat manageable in terms of size, then a column drill is also an option. This drill has the great advantage that both the drill and the wood remain exactly in place so that you work very accurately.

The right drill bit

The right wood drill bit

A drilling machine chosen for your job? Then you are almost there, but the most important thing is: the choice of the right drill. Especially for wood there are - you might guess - wood drills. These drills are equipped with a sharp point that allows you to determine very precisely where the borehole is coming. Wood drills come in various designs: a 'standard' wood drill with centering point for regular jobs, a hose drill for deep and just finished holes, a speed drill for wide holes, a countersink for holes where the final connection is sunk into the wood and holesaws for the really big holes.


Drilling in wood is perhaps the simplest drilling job there is. But like so many jobs, you just have to choose the right tool to do it properly. Grab the wrong drill and you simply won't get through the wood.

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