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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.


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    December 5th, 2018 at 6:43 am

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How to Prevent Tear Out When Drilling a Hole