Woodworking has become more profound in the past couple of years, whether this is as a result of do-it-yourself entrepreneurs, or be it the new and sophisticated tools is beyond us. However, woodworking has never seen such a level of interest from the younger generation, it’s so cool that what was once seen as an archaic practice is now getting the respect it deserves.
Some of this respect is no doubt a result of a plethora of amazing tools and gadgets that have radically changed the public’s perspective about woodworking and its environs. The tool that we will be discussing today is the drill bit, one of the lesser appreciated of the bunch, but also one of the most important out of the multitude.
Here we will be describing drilling bits and their significance in woodworking, we will also be described in detail the main types of router bits and how they can be used in woodworking. Our discussion might take a few unorthodox turns, so make sure you’re strapped, as there’s no fun without a bit of mystery.
Drilling bits deserve so much more respect than they’ve been getting, and you’ll soon understand why. So without further ado, let’s get to drilling, crafting, and shaping that piece of wood to absolute perfection!
About Drill Bits
Drill Bits are an essential component of router machines, they are equipped in the machines and perform a series of functions to get the job done. As such, “drill bits are cutting tools used to remove material to create holes, and they are almost always of circular cross-section.”
Drill bits don’t come on a one size fits all basis, as they come in different shapes and sizes, with each of them having a specialized feature or two that they’ll come in handy for. It is super important to make sure that the right bit is uses in cutting, to avoid an unforeseen circumstance or a case of a botched job. Here are a few reasons why drill bits are so important in the bigger picture.
Choosing the right drill bit goes a long way in assuring accuracy for your chosen woodwork. This is especially important in such an internet-savvy generation, which purchases goods based on being well modeled and picture-perfect. Luckily, proper drill bits’ tick both boxes.
Drilling is one of the things that ensures that woodworks and other similar things are kept firm, solid and proper. Using the right drill bit works wonders when trying to maintain a proper reputation, as it would be a shame if the woodwork project you worked on so tediously crumbles as soon as you leave the workshop. A proper drill bit selection could solve the whole thing!
In woodworking, and almost any other construction-related job you can think of, precision is something that can’t be taken with levity, and long may the tradition continues. Drill bits are nicely crafted to ensure that you’ll be getting the requisite precision that you desire. Remember, there’s only so much that a handyman can do, the rest is down to his or her tools!
The Types of Drill Bits for Woodworking
Drill bits are super versatile, and as we said, the most important thing is to use the right ones for the right tasks, which brings us to this. As regards woodworking, there are a couple of bits that would perfectly fit the description and do justice to whatever is being planned or perfected. Here are the chosen drill bits.
Forstner Drill Bit
The purpose of this colorfully named bit is to “make shallow, round holes with flat bottoms in soft types of wood”. This works majestically, as now you’ll be getting something awesome for making hinge holes in. Not just that, this type of drill bits is perfect for decorative jobs, stylish projects, and anything that focuses more on creative nous rather than a straight-jacketed approach. Make sure that you operate this drill at high speed to get the best results!
Snake Drill Bit
Try not to be thrown off by its name, there’s nothing slimy or sloppy about the snake drill bit it’s the complete opposite. This bit is perfect for putting the piece of wood that you’re going to work on, in the right spot. Following which, “you will utilize the spiral around the drill, hence ensuring the wood chips will be removed neatly, so you’ll make a smooth, clean drill hole”.
This is quite different from the previously explained Forstner drill bit, as this entails that you operate it rather slowly. The snake drill bit is perfect for making deep, accurate, and lasting holes in the pieces of wood being worked on or upon.
Other Useful Drill Bits
While the above two might be the most popular and used, there are a host of other drill bits that could do wonders on your woodworking project(s), as long as you’re tinkering in the right way. Some of these include the self-centering bits, the countersink drill bit, the hole saw, and most certainly the twist bits, which are the most accessible of all.
A lot of work goes into selecting the right tools for the job, and this is as apparent in the woodwork industry as any major Industry that you can think of. That’s why they work of drill bits has to be appreciated, especially in such an industry where there is a remarkably low margin for error in every gig undertaken.
Woodworking has gotten a spike in popularity thanks to the work of the pioneers, the new generation, and of course the inventors of sophisticated tools like the drill bits we just spoke in length about. These are to be operated in varying degrees, at different speeds, with proper care, and a significant amount of precision.
As long as you can tick all of the above boxes, then you’ll be in for an awesome time using these bit, however, if you ignore some of the well-laid-out instructions, you might be in for an uncool surprise. Drill bits are at the forefront, background, and are at the sidelines of so many great things being done in woodworking, this is merely the tip of the artistry!