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WoodRiver Forstner bits

16-piece set, no. 147067, $106.50
800-225-1153, woodcraft.com

Forstner bits drill large, flat-bottom holes with little risk of chipping at the hole’s rim, or the centerpoint poking through the back side. This set does that at a value price. The bits have sharp cutting edges and rims, as well as short centerpoints, so they drill quickly and precisely. The 38 "-shank bits range from 14 " to 218 " in 18 " increments.

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Lee Valley brad-point bits

28-piece set, no. 07J01.28, $199
800-871-8158, leevalley.com

When you need to drill precise, chip-out-free holes, reach for these bits. Made of high-speed steel, they stay sharp for what seems forever. Their centerpoints make it easy to drill in precise locations, and the spurs score wood so cleanly, you might never use any other small bit for wood. The bits in this kit range from 564 " to 12 " in 164 " increments, giving you lots of options for drilling. You can also buy bits individually or in smaller sets.

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Snappy cabinetmaker’s drill & drive bits

7-piece set, no. 43572, $45.89
800-334-7472, snappytools.com
            
Snappy makes a lot of bit sets, but this one has the most basic and helpful ones for woodworking. The four countersinking bits—made for the most common screw sizes—drill pilot holes for screws and countersinks or counterbores at the same time. And the self-centering bits drill spot-on
pilot holes for hinges. The square-drive screw bit also comes in handy.

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Irwin drill bit gauge

no. 12092, $7.50
800-464-7946, irwin.com

Don’t know a drill bit’s diameter, or what size pilot hole to drill for the screw you’re using? Use this simple gauge to find out. It’s made of durable steel—no misshapen holes—with 29 clearly labeled holes from 116 " to 12 ".

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Milescraft right-angle impact driver

Drive 90 Plus, no. 1303, $20
224-227-6930, milescraft.com

Installed in a battery-powered impact driver, this accessory makes the whole setup compact for getting into tight spaces. And, you don’t need to apply a lot of pressure inline with the bit when driving screws—just enough to keep the driver tip seated in the screwhead.

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