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DIY Drill Bit Depth Gauge


Watch this video to find out some DIY techniques to drill a hole to the proper depth, including wrapping masking tape around the bit and making a stop block from a piece of wood. ...More




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DIY Drill Bit Depth Gauge

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An easy way to drill a hole to a set depth is to simply wrap a piece of masking tape around the drill bit and stick the two ends together to form a “flag” on one side of the bit.

Stop drilling when the tape brushes away the shaving, indicating that the desired depth has been reached.

Since the tape will tend to wear out after a few holes, a more permanent solution is to drill a hole lengthwise through a piece of 1” x 1” stock and slide it over the drill bit to act as a stop.

Adjust the bit in the chuck so it protrudes the desired length from the end of the block, then hold the block firmly on the surface and push the drill through it into the wood until the bit bottoms out.



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  1. ray manger Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Excellent tips. Thanks.

  2. Official Comment:

    joe t. Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    No problem, Ray, glad you liked the hole-drilling tip. I use the 1×1 wood-block drill guide all the time, especially when boring shelf peg holes in bookshelves. Thanks for writing and good luck!–JT

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