The cordless drill is perhaps the Holy Grail of Household Tools. Compact, versatile, and very handy to have. You know, licensed to drill. Yes, I said Drill didn’t say kill, God didn’t say license to kill us, it was a drill because of the bond connection. And that’s the best. That’s the joke. We’ll be looking at the holy grail of household tools, cordless drill sharing, and a few simple tips on how to make drilling holes that little bit easier.
Cordless Drills Tips
We’ve all seen the old trick of applying tight to a drill bit to act as a depth gauge, which works well. But after drilling multiple holes, the end of that tape can get a bit ragged, which means that it’s not as accurate as when you first applied it. So as an alternative, try new.
Go grab yourself a permanent marker a Sharpie and then on a drill bit Maclaurin across your desired depth for your haul and you’re good to go.
The same sort of thing can be done to a regular drill bit. Just mark the depth you want your hole on the drill bit and then with the Sharpie, mark the drill bit, and then just slowly start the drill.
You’ve got yourself a depth gauge and you’re up and running too easily.
This is an oldie but goodie and I learned it back in the day of the dinosaur back in 1982 during a year eight woodwork class. I think that was taken by Mr. DAD. The idea is before you drive that screw into some would grab yourself some wax.
I’ve got some surfboard wax, but any old wax will do really. then just cut that thread of the screw with that wax and that will make driving that screws with your cordless drill so much easier. And in particular, if you’re driving the screws by hand, this tip is gold.
How easy was that that was like a hot knife through butter. I would have had pretty greasy hair and he used to tell us if you can’t lay your hands on any wax, just grab your screw and rub it through your hair. The natural oils from your hair will coat the screw doing the same job, not tell you what it does work. There’s a bonus tip for anyone out there who hasn’t got the space in their workshop for a drill press or can’t justify the cost of buying one just to drill a couple of holes, you might find that drilling a hole straight with a cordless drill, a little tricky.
My next cost-effective tip should help you out. Now, all you need to do is get a couple of pieces of scrap, which is great because it costs you nothing and just makes sure that this edge is nice and square. All you need to do is to grab your cordless drill and place the drill bit hard on the inside edge. Hold on tight. And why you got it? That I have to say, isn’t too bad. I love it. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good.
The little handy tip can be a real-time saver. Grab yourself a magnet. I’ve got a rare earth magnet. They’re really strong and just attach that to the side of the drill. The metal parts inside of the cordless drill should attract that magnet and hold it in place. But you can hot glue it there if you want to.
My next handy little tip. An inspired homemade drill press for a cordless drill. It’s an absolute ripper. You can knock one of these up in about 10 minutes flat at a scrap wood. So a question. But the key is you need to have a perfect 90-degree angle just like that now as well as making the actual drill press. You’ll also need to hot glue a block to the top of the cordless drill, and that block will fit nicely inside those tracks, making it easy for the drill to slide up and down.
It works Beautifully. Now we’ll just check that one for up and down and bang. That looks pretty good.
Now, here’s a handy tip that I learned the hard way. If you find yourself on a job site and your cordless drill is running low on juice and you don’t have a spare battery lying around, switch the power from two, which is fast down to one, which is slow. hopefully, that will conserve enough energy in that battery to finish the job.
Now, this next tip is really handy if you’re nailing close to the end of a thin bit of material that I’ve got, which is hardwood, which is also very brittle. So what you normally do is you drill a pilot hole on the ends there and then a mile away without fear of splitting that wood. But if you don’t have a drill bit the same size or slightly smaller than your nail, you’re in a bit of trouble. So what we can do is use the actual nail and just snip off the head, and then we can use the nail as the drill bit.