Woodworking Hand Drills Techniques

There are numerous brands and types of hand drills on the market. While some people swear on only using one brand name, picking a particular type for the particular job is more critical than brand name.

• A swing brace

A swing brace can use different bits and is fast and accurate to use. The tool works by firmly pressing down and using a full circular action. The bits should be square ended to fit. They are inserted into the jaws of the chuck. The chuck is held in one hand while the brace is turned in a clockwise direction tightening the jaws.

• A ratchet brace

A ratchet brace is useful when drilling a hole in a confined space, as the tool only has to work in an arc rather than in a complete circle. Different sized square ended bits can be used, which are also suitable for the swing brace. The bit is inserted into the jaws of the chuck. The chuck is held in one hand while the brace is turned in a clockwise direction tightening the jaws.

• A wheelbrace

A wheelbrace uses twisted drills and is easy to control. They need very little maintenance – occasional oil on the gears and above the chuck. Different sized round-shanked bits, dowel bits or countersinks can be used. The wheelbrace is useful for drilling in confined spaces where an electric drill cannot be used. If the drilling is vertically down, use your chest to press down on your fist holding the handle to apply more pressure to the point of contact.

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