Drill Baby! Drill
One of the most important basic skills you need to learn in woodworking is to use a drill to place holes in the wood. Drilling holes in the wood would help you create various woodworking projects such as birdhouses, tables and chairs, paper towel dispensers, and a lot more. It is also a technique necessary in joining wood pieces together. One example is by using dowel joints. These utilize cylindrical pieces of wood to join two or more pieces together. You would have to use a drill to make circular holes in the wood so you can join them.
The first thing you should know about drilling is choosing which drill type will best suit the woodworking projects that you aim to make.
There are various selections of drill types to choose from. Various Drill Types include Hand Drills, Corded Drills, Cordless Drills, Drill Press, Air Powered Drills, and Two Headed Drills.
Hand Drills. These drills are also called as eggbeater drills because its shape has a resemblance to the eggbeaters with hand cranks. It is a hand tool that has the ability to create tiny, precise holes in softwood or metal that require a delicate touch. Furthermore, it is not powered by electricity but depends upon the force employed by the person controlling it.
In this age of technology where we already have power drills and woodworking project software attached to machines, hand drills have become quite unpopular but still convenient for those last minute repairs or tweaks on the spot or when there is an unexpected blackout.
Corded Drills. Providing massive amounts of torque and higher speed than cordless drills, corded drills are undoubtedly more powerful than their cordless counterparts. They can bore larger holes on soft and hardwood without any problems. It is handy to keep a corded drill around your workshop for those woodworking projects that require working with hard and thick wood materials or tasks that would take you long hours to complete.
Since corded drills draw its power from power outlets, there is no problem with having to stop production to recharge the power drill. Corded drills also have a longer lifespan than cordless drills since they don’t have batteries that would deteriorate over time. It will operate at its best condition so long as it is properly taken care of.
The only downside of corded drills is its restricted mobility which can be considered a significant inconvenience when working on massive woodworking projects. It can also be a tripping hazard, most commonly when there are extension cords involved.
Cordless Drills. The continuous evolution of technology has paved a way for cordless drills to be invented. Unlike its corded counterparts, cordless drills allow you to move more freely when working. There is no need to worry about tripping from power cords on the floor or tables or limiting your workspace for drilling to that of the length of the drill since cordless drills, as implied in its name, do not depend on power outlets for it to work. Cordless drills gets its power from the detachable battery it comes with when bought. All you have to do for it to work is to charge the battery and attach it at the bottom part of the power drill’s handle.
Although there is a limit to the battery power of a corded drill before it needs to be recharged again, a 12-volt model with an exchangeable battery pack will perform just about any workshop drilling task.
Drill Press. A drill press is an integral machine in the workshop and a must-have for adept woodworkers. A drill press is an unbeatable machine when it comes to power and precision. Its convenience is in the fact that although the drill press’s main job is for drilling, it can also be used for other things such as sanding, drilling square holes, doweling, and many more. For most tasks, a benchtop model will do the job. Usually mounted to a workbench, this drill press is a smaller variation of the floor drill press. The drive is positioned vertically above an adjustable platform.
However, if any of your woodworking plans call for heavy duty work, precision, and large-diameter holes to drill, a floor-standing model with an easily adjustable speed and a larger throat capacity will be more advisable.
Air-powered Drills. Air-powered drills, also known as pneumatic drills come in different shapes and sizes created to fit your woodworking needs. There are right-angled pneumatic drills, straight ones that resemble a flashlight or the handle of a lightsaber from Star Wars, and gun-shaped ones like that of corded and cordless drills. These drills are designed for those intricate woodworking projects that need you to drill on those hard to reach places such as corners or near the project’s joints, and more. Furthermore, they compose of lightweight material for easy maneuvering.
From its name, it is obvious that these types of drills do not rely on electricity for its power source. Instead of electricity or manpower, it requires a powerful air compressor. It is best to own an air compressor already before investing or buying an air-powered drill.
Two-Headed Drills. The two-headed drill is a new innovation of a hybrid tool merging both a power drill and an impact driver in one convenient tool. This concept emerged due to the need for the efficiency of changing between a drill bit and a screwdriver bit without expending too much time. This tool is best known by the name of the original model, the SwitchDriver by WORX.
There are many various drills that are suitable for each and every individual whether they be novice woodworkers, DIYers, or professional woodworkers. It is best to have foresight in choosing the one you need most for your future woodworking projects and for the woodworking plans you are already want to make. Make sure to always choose one that is within your budget and resources and one which will last you a long time.