Woodwork Drilling Tools
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.
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Drills vs Hammer Drills vs Impact Drivers I decided it would be more useful to you if I discuss the differences between impact drivers, hammer drills, and regular drills. The distinctions eluded me for quite some time until I decided to do a little research and get some answers for myself.
I’m going to spoil the ending. Yes you do need an impact driver, right away. Stop reading. Go to store. Buy impact driver. Thank me later. If you feel the need to understand why, read on. Impact drivers are creating a lot of buzz on the internet these days, and I’m sure a common debate is forming in thousands of households across the country; “Honey, I could really use an impact driver for the shop.”… “Don’t you already have a big fancy cordless drill?”… “Yes, but these are different, and I can’t go on living without one”.
A few years ago, cordless impact drivers were a specialty tool, rare on job sites and scarce on store shelves. Today, you'll see several models at any tool retailer and hear their machine-gun chatter wherever there's construction. When a tool gains popularity that fast, you have to wonder what's going on. And, more important, what you're missing. To sort out the pros and cons of impact drivers, we put them in the hands of our staff editors and field editors, who are pros on the job and DIY guys at home.
A power drill can simply be defined as a tool that has a rotating attachment. Usually the attachment is a drill bit, but it can also be a paint stirrer or a sanding stone, for two examples. Drill bits allow the user to bore holes into wood, plastic, rock, cement, concrete, light metals, and even some types of iron and steel. The drill bit is held securely in place at the end of the drill.
Drilling is an essential part of woodworking with holes drilled into wood to accommodate screws, dowels and other fittings. Drilling can be performed either by using a hand held or power drill. No matter which type of drill is used it is important to make sure that you drill accurately and to a specific depth and angle.
While cordless drills are very popular and convenient, corded drills are a bit more versatile and have the power to handle a number of drilling tasks. Additionally, corded drills are usually variable speed, which allows the user to drill anywhere from a very slow RPM all the way up to the drill's top speed. I'd recommend a quality 3/8-inch corded version for the beginner's first drill.
A power drill is one of the most essential tools that you can have in your home or workshop. There are thousands of different uses for power drills and once you have one you will find yourself reaching for it often.
The drill press was designed originally for the metalworking trades. However, with the availability of cutting tools, jigs and attachments, the drill press is now one of the most versatile tools in the shop. It not only drills into metal, but also bores into wood and performs other woodworking operations such as mortising and sanding. In fact, after the table saw, the drill press is easily the second most important piece of equipment in the average home workshop.
For precision drilling a drill press is pretty well a necessity, they are available in both floor standing and bench top styles. A good heavy duty model will have at least a 3/4 HP motor and a 5/8" chuck.
Mastering the techniques in this chapter will enable you to perform operations that you might have thought impossible. Layouts and setups are featured that will add a professional dimension to your projects.