Simple Solutions

How to Prevent Tear Out When Drilling a Hole

By: Joe Truini

To keep from tearing out the back of a hole when drilling through a board with a spade bit or hole saw:

  1. Drill the hole partway through the front of the stock until the tip of the bit protrudes out the back of the board.
  2. Flip the board over, and position the bit in the pilot hole.
  3. Drill the rest of the way through.

Print  



Comments

Please Leave a Comment

We want to hear from you! In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420. While we can't answer them all, we may use your question on our Today's Homeowner radio or TV show, or online at todayshomeowner.com.