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Masking tape works—if you flag it
There’s nothing new about using masking tape on a bit to indicate drilling depth, but it can be difficult to tell when that tape sleeve hits the workpiece.
Fine 'tune' drill bit angle using a CD
To drill perpendicular holes with a handheld drill, here’s an inexpensive solution.
"Cheat sheet" meets cookie sheet
I’ve used the WOOD magazine “Drill Press Speed Chart” for years, trying to keep it taped up on the perforated hardboard behind my drill press, but it kept falling off.
Dead-on drilling
Get accurate, trouble-free results from your drill press by following these simple guidelines.
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Drill acrylic without buying special bits
When a recent project called for drilling holes in acrylic, I turned to my regular twist bits.

Steady turned parts for accurate boring

Recently, I faced the daunting task of drilling a straight, accurate hole through the center of a turned handle.