Drill a Little Hole
Drilling pilot holes and countersink holes is essential for achieving a quality finish—so why not use a special set of tapered bits specially designed for the task? Most of the simple twist bits sold at hardware stores are actually designed to drill metal in a low-speed drill press, so consider upgrading to a set of brad-point bits designed for wood.
Make a Big Hole
If you work outside the standard drill bit set, you'll find numerous options for creating larger, perfectly round holes. Keep in mind that a specialty bit always creates a better round cut than a keyhole saw or jigsaw. Use one for cutting holes for recessed lighting in the ceiling or for plumbing pipes in floor joists—or for cabinets, countertops, or even an outdoor shower.
Most drills come with the standard flat and Phillips driver bits, which are essential for driving screws and bolts. By adding a set of hex drivers to your arsenal, you'll be able to speed up assembly of flat-pack furniture and more easily take apart household items for maintenance and repair.
Mix Paint, Grout, and Concrete
Sand Curved Surfaces
Grind Metal and Remove Rust
Create Strong, Hidden Joints
Many DIYers forgo the biscuit jointer for a pocket-screw jig, which—in conjunction with your indispensable cordless drill—allows you to build furniture, frames, and nearly anything you’d like with hidden, angled joints. The Kreg series of jigs enables you to use standard screws to safely and securely join wood in minutes, with no visible hardware.
Make a Turbo-Charged Pepper Mill
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