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Old 07-23-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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This is kind of silly, I'm probably doing something wrong in my method, but I find whenever I drill a hole into something, I have trouble keeping the bit in the same spot until the hole is started. Could is be my method, or maybe my bits? I usually end up guiding it with my finger while making it turn slower so I don't hurt my finger, then once there is a small "Dent" then I can keep it in that spot and continue the hole.

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You really shouldn't have this problem with wood. When drilling metal the bit tends to walk sometimes, but when you need the hole to be perfect you can use a center punch to make an impression that the bit will fit into so it won't walk. When drilling concrete sometimes the initial bounce will make the bit walk, but you get used to this and compensate.

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Never thought of punching the hole,I suppose almost any pointy object such as a big nail would do the trick. When drilling in rough wood like 2x lumber it's not so much an issue, but like, drilling a hole in baseboard for a curtain rod or something where it needs to be dead on, I've noticed it might walk a bit.
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Never thought of punching the hole,I suppose almost any pointy object such as a big nail would do the trick. When drilling in rough wood like 2x lumber it's not so much an issue, but like, drilling a hole in baseboard for a curtain rod or something where it needs to be dead on, I've noticed it might walk a bit.
When drilling wood, just push the drill/bit into the wood to make an impression, then start drilling.
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I agree that you really shouldn't have issues drilling in wood. Your baseboard might be hardwood and, therefor, tougher to drill than 2x, which is softwood. I suspect your drill bits are dull.
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Could be you are using metal bits to drill wood. Metal bits, especially when they are dull, tend to wander when initially started on wood, especially if you are drilling into a knot or similar harder than normal wood. Options as suggested include prepunching (I use an automatic center punch), or using a specialized wood bit such as a spade bit (has a sharp center point built in), a forstner bit (drills very smooth holes, has a small sharp centering bit to start), or a fluted wood bit (has a small, sharp centering bit to keep the bit from wandering).

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