Knowing about different types of drill bits, what they do, and where they excel can help you decide which ones you need and which you can wait on. There are many different kinds of drill bits, not all of which are made for woodworking. Keeping your projects and needs in mind, there are several essential woodworking drill bits to consider.
Twist Drill Bit
The twist drill bit, such as the Festool HSS, is the most common drill bit you will find anywhere. This bit is the standard for all basic hole-boring in wood and can be purchased in many different sizes as part of any basic drill bit kit. Great for applications such as pilot holes, the twist drill bit will have you covered for many basic drilling applications.
Brad-Point Drill Bit
The brad-point drill bit is like a twist bit on steroids. This bit is wider at the top end, with a pointed center to allow for accurate placement and controlled drilling. The grooves on the brad-point are wider than those on the twist bit, allowing for more efficient waste removal. These are a good option when you want or need something a bit more precise.
Auger Drill Bit
An auger bit is basically a very long twist bit with a pointed tip and large grooves like a brad-point bit. These bits go up to 18” in length, making them the right choice for a very thick piece of wood a twist bit or brad-point can’t get through. Some auger drill bits have a hollow center, allowing for even more efficient waste removal.
Installer Drill Bit
This bit is specialized for the express purpose of installing wiring into your project. An installer bit can be up to 18” long and is used to drill a hole for the wiring, then the wire is fed through the bit and the fed through the hole you drilled as you pull the bit back out. This makes electrical installation incredibly easy.
Spade Drill Bit
A spade drill bit is flat, usually with 3 sharp points, and is used to drill large holes with great accuracy. The sharp points on this drill bit make for a clean job, creating a smooth hole. The sharp tip in the center of the bit is, of course, used for accuracy and controlled drilling. These come in many different sizes so you can drill a hole the perfect size for your needs.
Countersink Drill Bit
This cool specialized bit can drill countersink, counterbore, and pilot holes. These are important when you want to ensure flush screws or screws that are buried with a fastener to hide them. It’s the perfect drill bit for when you want a neat finished product that isn’t brought down by unsightly hardware.
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