Drilling: Cordless Drills, and Woodwork Clamps
You need the right drill for a job, and the right drilling technique to handle any situation. Having the correct drill bits and drill accessories allow projects to be done efficiently and more to the point correctly. The importance of good clamping systems in the shop is often overlooked, make sure you have the right clamps before you begin a project, and make sure you choose the right clamps for the long-term.
Buying your first cordless tool should be a carefully thought out process. Not only are you purchasing a specific tool, you are also buy into a specific battery type system. Unless you plan on having multiple expensive batteries around your shop, you need to consider all the offering from a manufacture at the voltage level you might be purchasing.
Over time cordless tools have and will continue to replace corded power tools. Most top of the line cordless tools work just as well as there corded counterpart, as battery technology improves corded power tools will become more obsolete.
There are a number of different type of drills available to the woodworker. Learn the difference between them so that you will know which to use in any situation that comes up, and which you should be purchasing for you shop.
The a different techniques for drilling different types of holes. Learning different techniques and why they work will help you choose the right technique when various situation arise.
The are different type of drills, and each has different accessories and dozens of drill bits. Know which drill bit you need, how to use them, and which accessories you need and which you will want.
Clamps are essential to many types of woodworking, using the right one will allow you to correctly complete your projects. Many have generalized uses, some are specialized, you need to know what your options are to have the proper ones on hand.
You will end up with a number of clamps and fixtures in your wood shop, having the right ones available includes managing them correctly, and creatively using clamps and fixture in situations in which you did not originally plan to uses them.
Knowing how and when to use specific woodwork clamp systems or which clamp-size will allow you to handle any basic projects. Know what to do in more advances situations, it often takes some knowledge plus a little creativity.
Bosch PS31-2A Bosch PS31-2A 12 volt Drill/Driver is an update of the PS30-2A and an upsized version of the PS21 pocket tool. While the PS21 accepts 1/4 inch hex shanks without a chuck, the PS31 uses a 3/8 inch keyless three jaw chuck which greatly reduces the wobble while accepting a wide array of bits solidly. The PS31 is slightly heavier and longer than the PS21, but at 7” length and height and just over 2 pounds is still a small package.
The DeWalt DC825B Cordless Impact Driver is a very compact yet powerful tool that is excellent for driving screws in nearly every application. This Impact Driver produces a maximum 1330-inch pound of torque that enables it to perform a wide range of applications, and having a top-speed of 2700 rpm and its frameless motor has replaceable brushes for extended tool robustness and life.